Mason Maggio is an ambitious guy. Not only has he been the lead singer and songwriter of both the Republic Of Wolves and Tigers On Trains for several years now, he’s collaborated musically with Ace Enders of the Early November and Will Noon of Fun, has performed with artists Good Old War, KOJI and John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday, and has made his mark as a producer, engineer and sound mixer. Still, something was missing.
In an effort to marry a more mainstream folk-pop sound with his unique creative vision, he decided to venture off on his own, creating his first truly solo project, Souveneer. For Maggio, the new venture represents an eclectic sensibility, inspired by both the musicality of modern pop and the organic aesthetics of indie and folk. Creatively, artistically, sonically– Souveneer is entirely his own.
Today, Elmore is premiering the music video for “Tongue Tied,” a track from his debut EP, which comes out this month. Taken alone, the track is a catchy, indie-pop tune, but the video plays on the far heavier thematics of the song, as a young woman removes her blindfold and begins to untie the blindfolds of those she comes across. But she isn’t giving them freedom, she realizes; the sight she offers the everyday people turns out to be a curse– they’re happier in the dark. Maggio’s acoustic guitar drives the track, and his yearning, enticing vocals synthesize the introspection of the song with its instantly hummable melody.
Check out the video for “Tongue Tied” below.