Ci Majr first appeared on our radar with the song ‘Summer Drug‘ which quickly won us over as fans and left a lasting impression, as we’ve eagerly followed Ci’s momentum-fuelled journey ever since. Her next single, ‘Guillotine‘, continued to whet our appetite. As such, it’s a joy to see Ci Majr’s fast-growing catalogue being graced by the presence of the debut EP titled ‘Side Effects‘.
Consisting of five songs – ‘After Midnight‘, ‘Summer Drug‘, ‘Softer‘, ‘Ultraviolet‘, and ‘Guillotine‘ – the 15-minute EP is perfectly curated to deliver an impressively robust body of work, demonstrating Ci Majr’s broader songwriting style and allowing Ci to form, and grow, her musical identity through this sonic showcase. Each song has its own musical identity and feel, though all work together seamlessly as Ci explores different tempos and moods, flowing from more upbeat, energetic numbers such as ‘Summer Drug‘ to more mellow moments, as heard in ‘Softer‘. With each song, Ci’s signature is evident – her musical style allowing for each song to be easily identifiable with her; such aural-iconography will help Ci to continue to stand out as an artist.
The release of the EP also cements Ci’s status as an ambitious artist to be watching (and listening to) closely as this will, almost undoubtedly, fuel demands for an album from a fans – or at least be something that may now be on the horizon of Ci’s thoughts and plans.
We believe this to be a strong, creative body of work and we’re blessed to be able to quote Ci in her own words, who discusses the EP in greater depth below.
“By late summer of 2020, I had about 20 demos and realized it was time for me to put out my first project. I talked to my friend Féz about it who helped me narrow it down to 5 and he agreed to produce the project. It’s really cool because Féz even described how there are some musical themes and instruments he used to tie it all together and I just love how it truly feels like a very well rounded body of pop songs. The visuals were also a very important part of creating the EP. I found Maggy Swain on Instagram and she just had this ethereal/dreamy style of photography that is just so eye-catching and gorgeous.” – Ci Majr
“We’ve all heard the phrase that “love is a drug” and I personally feel that phrase is just so accurate because no matter how much it damages us, we’ll eventually try to make our way back to it. Not only is it addictive, but there are so many other side effects of romantic love: the good, the bad, the ugly.“
“That’s what this EP is about. Navigating everything that comes along with giving your heart to someone. ‘After Midnight’ is about getting over a breakup and thinking you’re over it until you’re drunk, ‘Summer Drug’ is about having your heartbroken and not wanting to let someone in again, ‘Softer’ is when you lose yourself in an argument and you feel like you’re becoming a person you don’t recognize, ‘Ultraviolet’ is about those wonderful early days of falling for someone and just hoping that it becomes something, and we close it out with ‘Guillotine’ which is about being in what could potentially be the final days of a relationship if your partner doesn’t get their act together. So many people write about romantic love because it’s so multi-dimensional. There’s so much that can happen and so much to be learned and felt when you let people into the rawest parts of you. So ‘Side Effects’ is about what would be written on that little section on the pill bottle that warns you of everything that could happen as a result of taking it, and the truth is even if there was a pill bottle with these warnings I’m sure we’d honestly just ignore it. Love just makes us so irrational and it’s crazy because more often than not, we don’t end up with that lifelong love, we end up left with only the side effects…” – Ci Majr
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