The NYC-based queer singer-songwriter offers up achingly vulnerable new single ahead of debut EP.

New kid on the block, William Maus, could draw comparisons to the likes of Sam Smith – although, this nascent artist seems a little fresher; his finger is more on the pulse. We were immediately blown away by the young talent’s sheer musical fortitude. In this new single, Maus’ smooth, powerful vocals embody a soul that transcends his mere 20 years. His voice softly lilts against stripped back, skillful guitar work – all tied together with a grounded, intentional piano. Growing up with the unsureness that comes along with navigating a heteronormative world, the up-and-coming artist found solace in music as a creative outlet.

Freeing himself from the shackles of his conservative hometown with a move to NYC, Maus was finally able to explore his identity right through to its end; this is where “MY BODY” comes in. A tentative exploration into his place in the world, Maus goes face to face with his insecurities. Reflecting on this he says, “‘MY BODY’ is the confrontation of never being able to compare to a woman. Growing up surrounded and inspired by strong women, I always struggled to identify with the men around me. Admitting the truth to myself is different than admitting it to everyone else around me.” This unabashed vulnerability is what we need more of these days, especially in an age where over-curated online presences reign supreme. Out on December 9th, the EP follows the artist’s show at The Meadows on December 6th, his refreshing honesty acting as a stark reminder that we should always live our truth, and although Maus is just embarking on his musical journey – we can’t wait to see what else he pulls out of the bag.

Head below to check out William Maus’ heart wrenching new single…

williammaus · MY BODY