Track Review: Everlasting // Maya Salafia
Embracing her love for music at a young age, US-based Maya Salafia began playing the piano at age 5, wrote her first song at age 9 and released a debut EP, Trapped In A Daydream, at age 13. Since then, she has been placed on numerous playlists, chosen as a semi-finalist in the 2021 International Songwriting Competition “Teen Category”, and captivated hearts of audiences across the globe. This is my introduction to Maya, but she has already been critically acclaimed by notable blogs like The Other Side Reviews, Clout, Sinusoidal Music, Motion News, Music Arena GH and Less Than 1000 Followers. The latest addition to her discography is the single ‘Everlasting’.
Described by Clout as having a mature and thoughtful sound, the 16-year-old singer-songwriter brings sophistication to teenage innocence. Following her well-received single ‘First Grade’, Maya moves from an upbeat pop sound to something smoother, more soothing and softer. The opening acoustic guitar combined with her rich vocals immediately tugs at your heart bringing tenderness to the soundscape. Yet, while the folk style is prominent, ‘Everlasting’ has an indie-pop vibe as the track progresses. In fact, as the track continues there is a tinge of rock with pounding drums and dynamic electric guitars highlighting Maya’s versatility.
Known for writing songs reflecting youthful experiences of life and love, ‘Everlasting’ is a charming love song. Using a personal narrative, Maya expresses a yearning for a reconnection with a long-lost love. She explains that ‘Everlasting’ is “like a love letter that I hope will reach everyone in a different, but equally special way.” Tender, sentimental and intimate, Maya showcases her depth as a songwriter reflecting on human vulnerability and fragility.
Reminiscent of Taylor Swift, this folk meets pop meets rock single is made for contemporary audiences but also has an old-school pop sound. Basically, I love it and hope to hear more from this talented artist.