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First Listen: Elaine Mai & Loah – ‘Waiting To Breathe’

First Listen: Elaine Mai & Loah – ‘Waiting To Breathe’

The Mayo electronic producer Elaine Mai is about to release her long-awaited debut album Home on Friday October 8th.

Home has been long in the gestation and as we’ve heard from collaborations with MayKay, Sinead White and Ailbhe Reddy, it will be worth the wait.

For this fourth preview from the artist’s 9-track album, Elaine has teamed up with the effervescent multi-hyphenate Loah on ‘Waiting To Breathe’.

The song is built on twinkling bells and synths with Loah’s gentle vocals filling that spaciousness between, with the song growing in stature and imprint. It’s a gorgeous three-minute song. Listen here:

Loah recounts how the collaboration came about.

“I first met and loved working with Elaine when she remixed my track ‘Nothing’ years ago. She turned it into such a powerful version that I was super excited when she sent me a brand new piece for her album! As always, her tracks hit a very emotional place and leave you feeling both sensitive, moved, and empowered and this was no different. I took my time with this one, wanting to make every line as impactful and honest as the moment I first listened to the track. The sentiment of this tune is about an imagined future with a beautiful and special someone, that is not yet real or manifest, but is so close that you can feel them.”


Elaine Mai’s Home album is out Friday and a launch party happens at the Workman’s Cellar on October 29th.

“All of the tracks on ‘Home’ relate to the theme of belonging. For me, the experience of feeling like you belong somewhere or with someone can happen in so many different ways. You might feel it in your favourite club, or in the company of friends, and every track tells a story about experiencing that feeling. I’m really proud of this piece of work and collaborating with so many brilliant Irish female artists has been an absolute pleasure. I’m really excited for people to hear it and experience it live.”

Elaine Mai

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