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Maty Noyes Writes an Epilogue to an Anti-Hero in “Lighter Thief”

LA-based singer-songwriter, Maty Noyes, puts on her melancholy indie folk hat for her latest single “Lighter Thief.”

A close up of a two people laying down and holding on to each others arms and legs while wearing white shirts and black shorts with visible matching ligther tattoos.
Maty Noyes - "Lighter Thief" album art

Stripped down to the essentials of guitar and vocals, there’s an immediate sense of intimacy that comes through the song’s soft croon. There’s plenty of hurt to go around as she reminisces about an inherently toxic relationship that thrived on low moments. There’s a nice sustained and viscous bass that seeps through the chorus filling out the emotional and musical space to great effect as the vocals dance atop it like a nursery rhyme.

“This song is about loving the anti-hero. He’s the bad boy in the movie that gives you just enough hope that he could turn good that you want him to win… over the classic good guy” Noyes says. “It feels like home – sometimes you run away but you always come back to it.” It’s a romance that is steeped in high strung emotions that are easy to get lost inside of. The song almost feels like an epilogue that looks back on the relationship with both a twist of both fondness and pain.

“It’s not about missing this person, it’s about the opposite of missing them. Being so glad and celebrating them being out of your life now, and it’s a self-reflective moment of yourself to look back and see how you’ve grown with what you’re willing to put up with or what you deserve. It’s a hate song for the exes. It’s a song for the ones who got away and we’re so good with that.”

“Lighter Thief” is available now on major streaming platforms. Find it on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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