NY-born and raised, New Hampshire-based singer-songwriter Anthony Mascia’s lyrics cut candidly deep in his latest single, Daybreak. Drawing on deeply personal life experiences that would make an imbittered cynic out of most, you’ll be rooting for him and all his vibrant resilience in his alt-pop-rock instant classic by the time the first verse runs through.
“Anything to numb the sadness, hallucination or false acceptance” may be the most resonantly raw lyric I’ve ever heard – no hyperbole. After relaying all the roads that led Mascia to recording to this triumphantly super-charged power ballad, the light shimmers into the production, reminding you that no situation is beyond salvation.
The level of investment you will feel compelled to make is a testament to Mascia, who is easily one of the most talented songwriters we’ve heard in the past few years. His vocals may be the cherry on the cake, but the layers created beneath the sticky-sweet instrumental icing through his ability to construct a redemptive narrative will leave you craving more and more.
With his third album, Ambassador, Vol. 2, which traverses themes of love, loss and queerness, set for release in 2023, save space on your radar.
Daybreak is now available to stream on Spotify.
Review by Amelia Vandergast