Noah Slee and Delusion’s ‘Maybe’ is an unseasonally warm banger bursting at the seams
I don’t know what the weather is like heading into the Berlin summer, where New Zealand artist NOAH SLEE bases himself these days, but going off his latest single, the infectiously buoyant ‘Maybe’, I’m going to assume that it’s pretty damn sunny.
Clocking in at just two-and-a-half minutes, ‘Maybe’ is bursting at the seams with undiluted swagger and dynamism, with Slee finding pockets inside the stuffed instrumental to demonstrate his vocal agility, nimbly switching up his range, flow and style without a moment’s notice. Working with German producer DELUSION, Slee trades off such unexpected moments and dizzying pivots to give ‘Maybe’ a restlessly forward momentum from the get go. Slee immerses the listener in the unexpected, precipitating the track by first opening with some smooth, wandering guitar work before the track explodes with outsized, pulsating retro synths and textured, organic percussion. In this way, ‘Maybe’ models itself after the idea of instant connection.
“‘Maybe’ plays with the energy that you get when you meet someone and there’s an instant connection. As long as I have been single every encounter feels more distant and lost. When I met this guy it was different,” Slee says of the track. “‘Maybe’ is about the grey zone, the uncertainty, the leap you’re waiting for the other person to take because you don’t want to. All these things you take into consideration in such a small amount of time about someone and maybe disguise it with other things to protect yourself from taking a relationship to the next step. Simplicity of something like love can be pretty complicated. ‘Maybe’ is about pursuit of connection.”
‘Maybe’ feels like that moment when you first meet someone, packaging the influx of possibilities, uncertainties and anxieties that flood your head into two-and-a-half minutes of unexpected turns and instant connection. It also happens to be one of the most unseasonally warm bangers you’re likely to hear all winter.