Ludic Tackles Feelings of Loneliness in “Judge Me”

Vancouver alt-pop group, Ludic, have just released “Judge Me,” the first single off their debut EP, out in April 2022. The trio, comprised of Ayla Tesler-Mabe and brothers Max and Rhett Cunningham, describe themselves as SOULFUNKJAZZPOP, or Alien Motown, and have cemented themselves as one of Canada’s most exciting and fastest-growing acts. 

Not long after meeting at a neighborhood jam session, Ludic is on the rise to fame after sharing the stage with artists such as Brittany Howard, Lawrence, Snarky Puppy, and Catfish and The Bottlemen in some of Vancouver’s most notable music venues. Ludic was also named top 10 in CBC’s annual Searchlight competition this year out of 1500 other competing artists.

“Judge Me,” marks the first time that guitarist Ayla Tesler-Mabe joins bassist/lead vocalist Max Cunningham on vocals, offering a velvety-smooth duet that allures all who listen. This song is a step forward for Ludic – while it retains the quirky and offbeat sound of their previous releases, there is an undeniable maturity that permeates their new work. 

Written to grasp the gape of loneliness in the middle of a relationship, this song shares the feelings of not being able to do anything right to move the relationship forward. The effort to change and improve is there, but in the relationship as a whole, it isn’t working; creating a gap and a separation between both parties involved. Out from it comes judgement and criticism, which only enhances the lonely feelings in it. While intended to be helpful, being constantly criticized also hurts.

“The song tackles what it’s like to recognize harmful patterns in a romantic relationship. And the determination to mend all that is wrong because you are committed to your love for that person.” 

~ Max Cunningham

Listen to the new single now, available on all streaming platforms:

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