Melbourne triple-threat Maribelle (aka Maribelle Añes) is back on the scene with a new single and a new outlook on life. I’m A Mess Without You – which premiered this week on triple j’s Home & Hosed program and marks the first new music from Maribelle since 2016’s Overtake EP – features Maribelle’s now trademark percussive vocal, a throbbing bassline and a self-described “body rolling beat”. I’m A Mess Without You sees Maribelle as the auteur of her own musical universe, documenting the start of a new relationship and coming to terms with her sexuality.
“This song is very personal for me. It’s about me reflecting on being confused about having feelings for a girl for the first time,” she explains. “I was hiding my feelings for somebody, and hurting them because I wasn't being honest with myself. It’s actually about my current girlfriend and the early stages of our relationship. I was out in the club one night and had a 'Days Of Our Lives' montage of all of our memories together, and just realised what a mess I was being.”
I’m A Mess Without You poured out of Maribelle at the tail end of a month of songwriting sessions in LA, London, Finland and Sweden. “It wasn’t until the very last day, a few hours before my flight home to Australia that I’m A Mess Without You came together. Mario Marchetti (Demi Lovato, Jojo) and I wrote the whole thing in about an hour and I flew home,” she says.
Since the release of Overtake, Maribelle has performed at FOMO Festival, supported Goldlink and Kaytranada on sold-out national tours, and was a highlight contributor at the recent Bali Songwriter’s Invitational, curated this year by Grammy-nominated Oak Felder (Khalid, Nicki Minaj).
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The 23-year-old Filipino-Australian singer, songwriter and producer has also amassed an
impressive number of songwriting credits, writing for artists like Young Franco (Miss You), Kilter
(I Hear You), and The Voice: South Africa finalist Armand Joubert (Should I).
Between penning bangers for herself and her peers, Maribelle has also found the time to establish
her own independent label, Crush Club Records. She says:
“I wanted to create this platform for anybody else who had felt like they were in the same position –
and kind of be that stepping stone for them. There’s no major lockdowns with Crush Club. I just
love music and want to support local acts who are still finding themselves, or feeling out of place.”
We were lucky enough to meet Maribelle for the first time, shortly after the release of her debut Ep and we were instantly fans. Maribelle is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter and she continues to impress with this new release. The track was added to our 24/7 stream earlier this week and is already getting plenty of requests.
Will it make it to our weeknightly Top 10 Countdown? Time will tell. Tune in to our Asian Pop Radio Top 10 Countdown at 8am and 8pm Mondays to Fridays to see if Maribelle has what it takes to get to number one.
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Edited by: Jay John
Media release by: Warner Music Australia.