mazie mixes modern malaise with vintage psychedelia: nostalgia laced with an impending sense of doom fueled by a world in ever-deepening crisis. Her songs are built on contradictions and double negatives, pairing fatalistic lyrics with shiny, alt-pop arrangements that are as infectious as they are unpredictable.  

mazie fell in love with singing at an early age and spent most of her childhood studying classical and jazz vocals. By the time she hit her teenage years living outside of Baltimore, she was writing her own music and recording it with her neighbor, Elie Jay Rizk, who was teaching himself to engineer and produce in his basement studio. The two spent years experimenting and collaborating before they landed on “no friends,” mazie’s breakout 2020 single. 

the rainbow cassette, her debut EP, is the culmination of the last five years of work and introspection for mazie, and Elie was right beside her on production duties. The eight-song set includes her previous three singles, four new tracks and a remix of her first release “no friends.” It sees mazie transition from childhood to adulthood, recorded as she and Elie were in the process of leaving school while also being in the midst of a pandemic that displayed every major flaw of our society. The duo started the recording process in Baltimore and finished in Los Angeles, after they relocated to the West Coast in late 2020.

Happy and sad, bitter and sweet, vulnerable and guarded, mazie is full of contradictions and that’s just the way she likes it.