Seattle-born/LA-based artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Max Bennett Kelly has shared his new single & horror film-inspired music video “2AM,” available to stream now on all DSPs worldwide via AWAL. The song will be included on Max’s debut forthcoming EP Junk Male, out June 23rd. The track was co-written and produced by Lil Aaron and Twenty-One Pilots guitarist Dan Geraghty, and also features backing vocals from Lil Aaron.
“2AM” is a love song from a guy who’s addicted to endless arguments and melodrama. In the context of the full EP, it’s the low point at which the narrator realizes what was once a casual relationship is beginning to bring out his worst traits.
“He needs to exit - fast - but before he does, he’s going to throw one last Hail Mary love song and try to salvage the doomed romance. Except, this isn’t the first time he’s tried. He’s been here before, and he’s not going anywhere soon until he realizes the self-destructive loop he’s caught in.” - Max Bennett Kelly
The song’s corresponding music video is a tribute to found-footage horror films. Picking up where the “Superinlove” video ends, “2AM” reveals more about the Junk Male cinematic universe. Shot on VHS and played in reverse, we see the events of one fateful witching hour as protagonist Hollywood Thompson disposes of the evidence of his crimes from the short film’s storyline.
Max Bennett Kelly strikes a sweet spot between sticky hooks, unpredictable soundscapes, and cleverly candid storytelling with head-turning lyrics. Amassing tens of millions of streams and earning instant acclaim from fans around the world, he unspools his story on his forthcoming Junk Male EP, its accompanying short film shot entirely on 360 cam, and much more to come.
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