Alex Maas, of the Black Angels, released an album called Luca during the last days of 2020 – a work that utterly blew us away (it was on the Gourmet Gigs faves of the year list). We’ve been secretly waiting for a follow up to that hauntingly melancholic work, and just as 2023 reaches its final moments, up comes another Alex Maas solo release.
Called ‘X MAAS (Take Me Away)’, the seasonal track carries within it the trademark elements we have come to expect of this gifted singer songwriter, melancholia, vulnerability and haunting lyrics. There’s a retro feel to the instrumentation on X MAAS (Take Me Away), creating a backdrop that acts of a foil to the lyrics. This is an outsider’s view of Christmas:
“I’ve never written a Christmas song. Christmas has a very dark side that not many people take into account. The holidays are as painful as they are beautiful for most people. This song is for people who fall in love during Christmas and for those who want to escape completely from the holiday,” reveals Maas.