Loose End is another upbeat track from one of the UK's new breed of songwriters. Mary dips into a variety of sounds for this new track, enhancing her sonic palette - but she stays true to her roots too.
Growing up with a blues guitarist father, music was always on the cards for Mary Eskine AKA Me For Queen. A born storyteller, Mary grew up by the sea in an old house in rural Fife, Scotland, where she began songwriting at the age of 13.
Last years single ‘Jessica’ cemented Mary as one of the UK’s most exciting new singer-songwriters. The track picked up traction after landing on one of Spotify UK’s most engaged playlists “The Most Beautiful Songs in The World”. From there the track was picked up by a number of online tastemakers, as well as 6Music, BBC Scotland and BBC Wales. Not one to neglect her live game, last year also included sold-out shows at London’s Paper Dress Vintage and the Sound Lounge. She started 2018 with a Celtic Connections show supporting Chris Wood and is set to tour Germany in May, before a UK tour in September.
Summer 2018 sees the songwriter showcase her debut solo album “Loose End” and Mary was keen to expand on her previously piano-led sound, exploring a more varied sonic landscape with richer arrangements and instrumentation.
“This album is the product of me moving away from London for a spell to clear my head and see what’s left at the end! I’m immensely proud of these songs and of our little team that came together to create the album in the studio.” - Me For Queen
The first offering from the album is the title track “Loose End”. It’s a single that offers all the vintage elements of folk and acoustic songwriting, with a contemporary production standard and hints of the ethereal. Mary’s vocal is soft, comforting & soulful in equal measure. It’s a project that sounds like the culmination of a long and cultured musical journey.
“It pretty much sums up my approach this last year where I’ve tried to carve out some space to let my mind noodle, removing as many demands on my time in order to see what that could make room for. Sometimes the not-knowing, the unscheduled, un-routined is where the good stuff lives.” - Me For Queen
“ Beautiful, soaring vocals“ - The Guardian
"Mary Erskine could sing words from a phone directory over the cheesiest Casiotone backing in the world and still win me over in a heartbeat.” – Tom Robinson, 6Music
“The combination of rich poetic lines and one of most beautiful, emotive voices I’ve heard in a long time make Me for Queen stand out in any crowd.” Folk Radio UK