This post was originally published in November 2018.

The rock mojo here is working while Madeleine Mayi’s comfortable contralto simmers with a poised ennui that creates a beautiful sense of longing. WHATEVER I DO, from her new EP shy, is a powerful statement about the two-way street of being in a relationship.

There’s an element of tough love; and honest, sugar-free observation:

“I don’t mention it to you
how your smile is
frozen like a photograph”— Madeleine Mayi

The heightened energy, the sudden side-shift, and the way her vocal rises to the moment effortlessly; along with the live drums, and the addition of the heavy electric guitar, it’s a testament to the power of human emotion.

This one might make you want to give that old love one more shot.

Madeleine Mayi is a singer and songwriter currently located in Los Angeles. This song is featured on our Roots Collection playlist.