Indie-pop newcomer Maxwell Varey explores his fascination with manipulative personalities on “Psycho”
A household name in Manchester’s music scene, Wigan-born Varey has spent the past 4 years performing in venues across the city alongside his previous band before being forced to move away from live music. by the British lockdown.
Using the downtime to trigger multiple accomplishments and new waves of inspiration, Maxwell kicked off his solo music career in the winter of 2020 with the debut single “Lucid”.
Now tackling his songwriting with the DIY approach that sees him writing, recording, performing and producing every element of his music – Varey draws inspiration from the entire musical spectrum; be it Tame Impala, Tom Misch or Anderson Paak.
Mixed by Adam Gorman at Pinhole Studio (Chloe Foy, Seafret) and mastered by Christian Wright (LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, Coldplay) at Abbey Road Studios, the new single ‘Psycho’ finds these influences represented in the form of a sound deep and psychedelic. funky grooves and electro-rhythm; maintaining the contagious and singalong nature of northern indie while ascending into the realms of alt-pop.
Lyrically, “Psycho” finds Varey fascinated by how a manipulative personality can find even a person with the darkest mindset capable of winning the sympathy and love of a stranger.
“It’s a dark description of the complexity of a manipulative relationship” he explains. “I find it fascinating how people often find themselves sympathizing with certain characters in movies and shows, even if their character is a stalker or a murderer.
However, I can sort of figure it out – it’s weird how psychology works, and I wanted to convey it in a song. It’s as if manipulation can go beyond fiction, and in some ways the viewer can find themselves just as manipulated as the characters in a series.
‘Psycho’ will be released on Wednesday July 28 on all digital platforms.