“Maybe That’s Just Life,” aka “MTJL,” off of Mae Muller’s new album Sorry I’m Late, out today, holds a particular resonance. The introspective ballad, out via Capitol Records, sits alongside hits such as “Me, Myself, & I,” a platinum-certified collaboration with Polo G and NIEKED, and “I Wrote A Song,” which skyrocketed in popularity after Mae represented the UK at 2023’s Eurovision. Sorry I’m Late is looking to be unforgettably raw, intimate, and exhilarating as Muller’s highly anticipated, debut full-length album. “Maybe That’s Just Life” is a bright first look into the inner journey Muller brings us on from the top of her new record to the bottom.
“This one is so special to me, it’s all the things I wished I’d had done, things I was better at. While being in music has taught me so many amazing things, it has also taught me that I’m good at pretending everything is amazing all of the time. I think subconsciously I got really tired from that and I ended up writing this song and I’m so happy I did. Younger Mae would be proud I think. I hope it finds you when you most need it because it definitely found me.”
Muller is at her most vulnerable from the start, expressing what she wishes but has never been able to have. While free-flowing from one thought to the next, she constructs a web of what it’s like to be human: to feel so much but feel like not enough. She finds her way to a heartfelt acceptance of it all through gentle acoustic guitar. Her voice is cradled by its soft melody, cushioning Muller’s every insecurity and helping her formulate it into something whole.
The 25-year-old North London native allows the listener into the love, loss, and growth she has faced in the past years. “Maybe That’s Just Life” works toward Sorry I’m Late as a cathartic project, celebrating the complexity of young women in today’s day and age and strengthening Muller’s platform as a vocal powerhouse and lyrical intellect.