Penumbra

by Mae Janelle

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It is unlikely for singer/songwriter Mae Janelle to name her debut EP, 'Penumbra', but she has good reasons for doing so. A partially darkened area of a shadow, Penumbra represents a new take on the "light at the end of the tunnel" metaphor. "Although you feel like you've hit rock bottom, it's a reminder that it's never always the case. Sometimes, the light just dimmed - that's all," explains the 22 year old. Penumbra is an acceptance of one's obstacles and the recognition of revealing one's hopefulness amidst the struggles, as the song, Lost Lustre, portrays. Sonically, the EP reflects this musical yin and yang through the intertwining of dark and somber textures with soft and ambient elements against Mae Janelle's vulnerability in her vocals. Produced alongside local producers John "Tiny" Joven and Philynch, with feature producer Gee, Penumbra hints on the vibes of the Toronto urban sound popularized by acts like PartyNextDoor, Drake and others, as heard in the songs Drive Away, If You're in Love, Jacqueline and Needs, with a unique and personal undertaking.
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released October 12, 2015

All songs written by Mae Janelle Berte
All vocals by Mae Janelle Berte
Bass guitar by John "Tiny" Joven for track 2
Tracks 1, 2, and 4 produced by Mae Janelle Berte, John "Tiny" Joven, and Phillip Lynch
Needs produced by Gee
Lost Lustre produced by Mae Janelle Berte
Mixed by John "Tiny" Joven at Seneca Studios
Engineered by Phillip Lynch
Mastered by Mike Indovina
Cover photos by Michelle Nunes
Graphic design by John Marvin Berte
Special Thanks to:
John Switzer and Alfio Annibalini, Vel Omazic and Sean Kelly, and Gregg Terrence

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Track Name: Drive Away
Two different roads
gotta go my own my way
I'm not taking the long way home
Just can't admire the view through the window anymore
Lights are all fading
End of the show

When the air's too still
And I've lost all will
to justify that you and I
Could turn away and live side by side

So I'll just drive away
When you start your engine will you still hear my heart beat?
I'll drive away
Will you go to the places that I want us to be?
Drive away
Will you follow my directions? Will you trust in me?
I'll drive away
Got me on your right in the wrong ways

We're not in the same head space
And I can't let this wine go to waste
I'm strangled by your shouldn'ts and can'ts
And I just can't keep living like this

Could you look my way?
Could you hold my hand?
Could you be the one who will understand?
I need someone to complement me, complete me
Someone who'll be better with me
Can't follow your route when I got my own plan

So I'll just drive away
When you start your engine will you still hear my heart beat?
I'll drive away
Will you go to the places that I want us to be?
Drive away
Will you follow my directions? Will you trust in me?
I'll drive away
Got me on your right in the wrong ways
Track Name: If You're in Love
Missing you far too long now
It's been a week since we talked, how?
How long can I keep this up?
I feel like falling apart
Been afraid of what we'll get to
Will I make it everyday without you?
Tell me how long I can wait
Tell me how long I can stay

But if nothing ever matters when we are together
Tell me baby if you're in love
Then I will wait a little longer
For you I'll be a little stronger
If this cold world gets darker, I will stand beside you
Tell me baby if you're in love
Then all we'll ever need is the fire in our hearts
If you're in love

I've been wondering about you
since the day that I first met you
Here we are falling hard right here in your arms
Nobody's ever took my breath away
Never thought of nobody every single day
Till I
Till I found you

But if nothing ever matters when we are together
Tell me baby if you're in love
Then I will wait a little longer
For you I'll be a little stronger
If this cold world gets darker, I will stand beside you
Tell me baby if you're in love
Then all we'll ever need is the fire in our hearts
If you're in love

Time won't slow down
It's alright if you got my heart
Every minute I will be with you all my life
Tonight I feel like you could be the one
So tell me if you're in love

But if nothing ever matters when we are together
Tell me baby if you're in love
Then I will wait a little longer
For you I'll be a little stronger
If this cold world gets darker, I will stand beside you
Tell me baby if you're in love
Then all we'll ever need is the fire in our hearts
If you're in love
Track Name: Needs (prod. by Gee)
Oh
Maybe it was written in the stars
Cause when I walk away I feel I'm in the dark
And when the night is done I feel so incomplete
And you
Everything I want is who you are
It's in the way you stole the pieces of my heart
And when the time is up still got no room to breathe

Wanna spend all my nights with you
All my days, all my life with you
Don't want nobody else but you
Only you, only you
Monday to Thursday, it's you I adore
Then Friday to Sunday, it's you I'll explore

I wanna know how you lust
Cause it feels so good when you trust
Cause I need you babe
Yes I need you

You
You got my mind reading in between
You got my heart skipping every beat
And if you feel the same you know I'm who you need

Wanna spend all my nights with you
All my days, all my life with you
Don't want nobody else but you
Only you, only you
Monday to Thursday, it's you I adore
Then Friday to Sunday, it's you I'll explore

I wanna know how you lust
Cause it feels so good when you trust
Cause I need you babe
Yes I need you

Cause when we hold I feel like I'm..
And when we touch I feel like I'm brand new
So say it's true that I need you babe

Are you mine tonight?
Say you're mine tonight
Are you mine tonight?
Say you're mine tonight

I wanna know how you lust
Cause it feels so good when you trust
Cause I need you babe
Yes I need you

Cause when we hold I feel the world is you
And when we touch I feel like I'm brand new
It's true
I need you babe
Track Name: Jacqueline
In the white house of our dreams
Everything ain't what it seems
On the porch steps I will wait
But fears creep in when it's too late
I will stay in your shadow
Where you go I will follow
Your opinions for my own

But I can't be your Jacqueline
I can't be your Jacqueline
All my sensibilities dressed up in porcelain
I can't be your Jacqueline
I can't be your Jacqueline
I can't keep the harmony
Not without the melody

Hide behind your suit and tie
Lost when I'm not by your side
I can't do this on my own
Maybe I'm just better off alone
They say a woman
adapts to be the woman her man wants
But I do believe
I'm more than just a liability

I can't be your Jacqueline
I can't be your Jacqueline
All my sensibilities dressed up in porcelain
I can't be your Jacqueline
I can't be your Jacqueline
I can't keep the harmony
Not without the melody

There's no need to be concealing
All my thoughts I will reveal 'em
We're just different
But you don't have to be reminded
No need to complain about it
I fade away when disregarded

Oh Jacqueline..
I can't be your Jacqueline
All my sensibilities dressed up in porcelain
I can't be your Jacqueline
I can't be your Jacqueline
I can't keep the harmony
Not without the melody
Track Name: Lost Lustre
Go ahead and cry
Say what's on your mind
Like there's no one to judge you
And when day turns to night
I'll be your guide
Till you find your lost lustre

Cause even a broken glass sparkles
A fragile heart knows how to love
And baby in time you'll
Pick up the pieces
And hold on to your golden parts
Till you find your lustre

In the depths of the ocean
You are the pearl
If only you know that your light's right inside you
All through your life
But for now
You just lost your lustre

Cause even a broken glass sparkles
A fragile heart knows how to love
And baby in time you'll
Pick up the pieces
And hold on to your golden parts
Till you find your lustre