"Hey baby, what if we make a baby?"
The gentle and joyful new single 'Make A Baby' from Melbourne folk outfit The Maes holds a message that speaks to all walks of life.
The sisters behind the band, Elsie and Maggie Rigby, will be bringing the track and more new material to an intimate gig at Mozart Hall in Warrnambool on June 27.
Behind the tender mandolin and warm strings of 'Make A Baby' is a story that challenges heteronormativity and explores the different connotations that parenthood can have for people.
Maggie Rigby said the song is all about the thrill of become a parent, without a scrap of the reality, responsibility, or intent.
"It's a really joyful song about contemplating becoming a parent," Maggie Rigby explained. "We wanted to release it around Mother's Day and it was really important to us in the process of releasing this song to make sure we showed motherhood and parenthood can mean many different things.
"If you sing a song about wanting to become a parent there is - unless you challenge that - there is an assumption you are talking about a man and a woman, and that's definitely not true for us and it's certainly not the only being a parent that there is and it was important for us to make space for that."
The release is accompanied by a music video directed by Melbourne film maker Emily Dynes and features a series of vignettes of six different queer relationships at different stages from a budding teen romance to a thirty-year relationship.
Shot on film the video also features The Maes as visual narrators/fly-on-the-wall musical observers.
"One of the things we were nervous about before we put the song out was that, being women in our late twenties, people were just going to think that we want to have kids but it's actually not where either Elsie or I are at at the moment," Rigby said.
"It's a very lighthearted song from us but people have reached out quite a bit and it wasn't until we actually released the song that it kind of hit us how much this is not a silly idea, but a very real reality and it's beautiful people have taken the song into their own journeys into parenthood.
"It's one of my favourite things about making songs and having people listen to them and one the best and most important parts of putting songs into the world is that they don't stay songs that are just about you and your experiences; people take them and put them into their own experiences and it's such an honour.
"It's an important part of making music."
The Maes are no strangers to the south-west, having played numerous gigs in the Warrnambool and gracing the Port Fairy Folk Festival stage many times.
They played at Folkie 2020 right before the pandemic hit.
"We kind of just snuck it in didn't we," she said with a laugh. "The Port Fairy Folk Festival was the last thing we did before everything changed.
"We were talking about the pandemic at that stage but I think we had no idea what we were in for.
"I think that festival and that experience of being with friends and playing on stage was kind of the light that I kept coming back to over the course of the next year and remembering, almost in a surreal sense, that was what we used to do.
"I have very sad but fond memories of that festival, hopefully we get back there at some point."
The pandemic, Rigby said, has changed her approach and relationship to music.
"It's changed everything," she said. "I think it's not too dramatic to say that everything post-pandemic feels different to pre-pandemic.
"Some of that is really sad and really hard, and some of it I think is really positive.
"I played hardly any music at all, I spent the pandemic looking after my grandfather who had dementia and other health conditions, so I had a really different life experience.
"It completely changed my life and I'm so grateful I got to spend my time that way.
"I think it's changed my perspective in every way and it's changed the way that I see music and the way that I make music.
"Rather than trying to get something we had before the pandemic - and I want to get back to the Port Fairy Folk Festivals of the world - I'm much more interested in how I can grow and change out of this experience and have a new thing that's hopefully better out the other side of this pandemic."
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