Pairing fatalistic lyrics with brilliant alt-pop arrangements that are as infectious as they are unpredictable has seen the rapid rise of Mazie, 21, from Baltimore. Her single “dumb dumb,” which appears on her debut EP, the Rainbow Cassette, is a perfect embodiment of Mazie’s multi-layered, psychedelic twist on pop that’s Stepford Wives meets Lisa Frank.

It’s ironic, it’s iconic, and to date, the track has over 20 million cumulative streams. Fans connected with the song’s lyrics, especially Mazie’s astute observations on human behavior. “Disappointment takes us by surprise / Even though now I think we should have realized / Everybody’s stupid.” Sometimes it’s good to say how you feel out loud.

“My music is strongly rooted in existentialism and the duality of the whimsical and the optimistic combined with the sadness of the lyricism,” Mazie shares. “I always try to walk that line.”

Originally written the day after the Capitol uprising, “dumb dumb” has found audiences around the world, including as a protest song in Russia and Ukraine. The track has since rocketed to #8 on TikTok US’ Top Tracks chart and was recently featured on the soundtrack of the Netflix movie Do Revenge.

To celebrate the track’s success, today (October 12), Mazie is sharing a “trippy version” music video for the song. The kaleidoscopic clip was created by 2D/3D digital designer Joel Dudzik using PyTTI – an artificial intelligence software that generates images from text input. “Our focus has always been on simulating psychedelic experiences and AI art provides an incredible toolkit that allows us to communicate very precisely what hectic visuals look like,” Mazie shares about the video.

“dumb dumb” was produced by Mazie’s childhood neighbor Elie Rizk, whom she has known since she was 15 and they both moved to Los Angeles together. Elie Rizk has also worked with Bella Poarch (“Build a Bitch”), Remi Wolf (“Quiet On Set”) and Sub Urban (“Inferno”).

Mazie fell in love with singing at an early age and spent most of her childhood studying classical singing and jazz. By the time she reached her teens living outside of Baltimore, she was writing her own music and recording it with her neighbor, Elie Rizk, who was teaching himself to design and produce in his basement studio. The two spent years experimenting and collaborating before landing on “no friends”, mazie’s 2020 debut. In less than two minutes, the totally addictive single exploded online, to widespread acclaim and quickly racked up millions of streams. “We were in shock,” says Mazie. “That song really defined the project for us, and when it started to get crazy, it all just accelerated.”

In the months to come, the pair would follow up with two more singles, the singsong “I Think I Want To Be Alone” and trippy “sipper,” both of which resulted in equally delightful responses. Like “no friends”, the tracks were deceptively cheerful, full of upbeat melodies and earworm hooks, accompanied by artwork and DIY videos that sounded like snippets from a TV show for disturbed children.

Although Mazie is a stage name, it is definitely not a character. The emotions behind the songs – the ups and downs, pain, hope, sadness and joy – are as real as they come, even when they’re all happening at the same time. “Lyrics are at the heart of my songs,” says Mazie. “I feel like every song puts one of my feelings under a microscope and really allows me to dig into bigger ideas and emotions that I have towards those feelings.”

Happy and sad, bitter and sweet, vulnerable and reserved, Mazie is full of contradictions and that’s how she likes it.

Watch the new music video here:

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