Indie-pop outfit Shy Beast have announced their new EP, Leave Me/Let Me, out November 30th. The EP was recorded at Good Danny’s in Lockhart, TX with Danny Reisch, who produced Shy Beast’s debut self-titled EP as well as their following single “My Stride.”
Speaking to the new EP, frontwoman Mariclaire “MC” Glaeser said, “Each track on the EP Leave Me/Let Me represents a different type of rebellion. The song “Monday/Sunday” walks through the smug enjoyment of giving someone a taste of their own medicine, whereas “Leave Me Be” and “Flowers Grow” provide elements of a stubbornness in the face of social norms.”
The follow-up to 2017’s self-titled EP, Shy Beast’s latest EP includes three honed tracks that add layers of maturity and complexity to their synth-driven, rollicking pop-rock compositions. They’ve found their stride as a group while simultaneously evolving their songwriting process, delving into deeper themes and rising into a new pantheon of sounds and tones.
Shy Beast is undeniably Austin, with a strong following of friends and fans. But the band is not bound by geography or genre—the appeal is universal, while all their own. This tight-knit group evolved organically, with deep connections to one another and to the local music scene. Shy Beast is made up of Mariclaire “MC” Glaeser (lead vocals, synth), David Tenczar (guitar, backing vocals, synth), Andrew Bennett (lead guitar, synth, backing vocals), Jay Cesak (bass), and Drew Silverman (drums). All have collaborated in different iterations before joining MC in Shy Beast.
MC’s mature, feminine vocals belie the vulnerability she confronts in her honest, straightforward songwriting and the refreshingly playful charisma she exudes on stage. This demure beauty breaks free all insecurity—jiving behind the keyboard, breaking into Byrne-esque dance moves, miming her passions and pain, and belting out choruses in a swell of certain strength. With inspiration ranging from The Cardigans to Burt Bacharach, MC says her ultimate goal in writing songs is to “make people feel something similar to my experience, and also get them to move.”
Ahead of the release of Leave Me/ Let Me, Shy Beast has released Monday/Sunday, which premieres exclusively on Noctis Magazine. Of the release MC says: “Monday/Sunday is a lesson in learning how to say no with a smile, as well as letting go of the toxic people and relationships in your life.” Listen to the single below.