Cassandra Maze just can’t help herself in her seductive new single Something I Like — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
“I look at all of my musical creations like my children, and this song has to be the troublemaker of the bunch,” cracks the Vancouver electro-pop singer-songwriter and one-woman band. “True to her lyrics, Something I Like never plays it safe. She is fiery, energetic and explosive.”
And no wonder: Powered by a hard-hitting beat from Goo Goo Dolls drummer Craig Macintyre, the take-no-prisoners track ups the ante by injecting an extra dose of rock intensity and grit into Maze’s electro-pop songcraft. Meanwhile, her lustful lyrics of a red-hot sexual obsession over the wrong man leave little to the imagination.
“You can’t have a rose without the thorns – so the saying goes,” she explains. “Beauty is not without pain, just as anything worthwhile comes with sacrifice. But some roses aren’t worth their thorns. Something I Like is a song about rebelling against your own best interests, as a consequence of following your heart’s desire. It’s about that moment when you know what trouble you’re getting yourself into, but you do it anyway. That moment you decide to take the rose and the thorns.”
Produced by Adrian Benavides and mixed by Harry Angel, Benavides and Maze, with vocal engineering by Paul Shatto, Something I Like makes it clear once again that fierce one-woman band Maze is anything but a traditional, predictable performer. She’s a powerhouse vocalist shredding gutsy high notes, a songwriter with an ear to the ground, and a multi-instrumentalist who can move from keyboards to guitar to loop pedal with ease — and prefers to perform with one shoe off in order to work her loop pedal.