DO RIGHT! MUSIC SET TO RELEASE MAYLEE TODD'S ACTS OF LOVE NOVEMBER 3RD, 2017.
Polymath. Free thinker. Psychonaut. Jill-of-all-trades. Renaissance womyn. Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist, vocalist and producer Maylee Todd has been called many things. But the one thing her artistic and musical output has been consistently called is stimulating.
The source of her prolific artistic tendencies may lie in her bi-cultural lineage which points to a Canadian father who is an Elvis Presley impersonator, and her Filipino mom who for years crafted quirky interactive quilts and dolls. Regardless, Maylee became best known in Canada, the EU (where she’s showcased at both Transmusicales and MIDEM in France + supported Janelle Monae in Germany) and Asia (where she was a Top 10 charting artist in Tokyo) for her past solo albums, Choose Your Own Adventure (2010) and Escapology (2013), dual works of art that incorporated elements of funk, electronic, soul, disco and experimental sounds, while utilizing both digital and analog recording methods.
For her third studio album Acts of Love, which she calls “a body of work that is much more about music for me”, Maylee’s playlist of songs can be viewed more as MANTRAS inspired by her psychonautic lyrical approach, and her interest in science fiction, human psychology, and unconventional thinking. Acts of Love is also a conceptual record where Maylee convincingly covers a wide range of timely, topical and universal subject matter on her new 17 track album including gender bias (“From This Moment”), addiction (“One of These Days”), solitude (“Lonely”), forgiveness (“Eye To Eye”), polyamory (“Goat Wut U Need”) and virtual reality/psilocibin (“Virtual Life”).
From a sonic standpoint, Acts of Love marks a departure from the harder-edged sounds of her last album, boasting a more stripped down, synth-based production approach, in addition to incorporating more undeniably poppy hooks.
Given that Maylee’s creativity takes direct inspiration from her working in a wide range of artistic disciplines; song-writing, film, performance art, comedy, 3-D projection mapping and design, it should come as no surprise that she added album “producer” to her repertoire, having produced all 17 of the songs on the album. In fact, Acts of Love is characterized by an “in-the-box” studio approach that sees Maylee wholly embracing technology and taking on the role of producer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, recording and playing the bulk of the music in her home studio. Why self produce her entire album this time around? “This record is a bedroom record. I spent the winter learning software, so creating can be limitless,” admits the self professed augmented reality nerd, who while working on the album spent time pursuing other creative endeavours, including composing music for TV series (CBC TV’s Workin’ Moms) to producing her Virtual Womb multimedia show that generated rave reviews and has toured internationally and appeared in many Fringe shows. Virtual Womb is a multimedia show that includes 3-D projection mapping, dancing, installation, interactive therapy and music. The audience byob (brings their own blanket), walks through a large vulva installation, lie on the floor and watches projections on the ceiling that coincide with the live musical performance containing harp and electronics. The audience participates in a collection of collective consciousness, where they can participate in writing down their forms of therapy, their Acts of Love. These Acts of Love live online for worldwide access.
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