The Ethereal Ache of Maize & Wendy Wang’s “Cracks in the Ceiling” (Road Angel Project: Volume 3)

(L-R): Maize and Wendy Wang
The third volume of Inara George’s “Road Angel Project,” Maize & Wendy Wang’s stunningly tender song “Cracks in the Ceiling” captures inner turmoil and intimate upheaval with nuance, humility, and grace.
Stream: “Cracks in the Ceiling” – Maize, Wendy Wang




Was hoping you could show me how to find a way back to love…

Out of a muted, heavy soundscape grows a breath of light; a hopeful glimmer, dimmed by time, but still just bright enough to shine with familiar strength. The third volume of Inara George’s “Road Angel Project,” Maize & Wendy Wang’s stunningly tender song “Cracks in the Ceiling” captures inner turmoil and intimate upheaval with nuance, humility, and grace.

Maize & Wendy Wang - Cracks In The Ceiling (Road Angel Project: Vol 3)

Maize & Wendy Wang – Cracks In The Ceiling (Road Angel Project: Vol 3)

Cracks in the ceiling
That let in the light
Split me down the middle
Two halves won’t collide
Dissent in my own body
In the blood and the bones
Sing out from one another
As the wildness grows
I’ve been sick for so long
Sleeping just to daze
Of times when I was better
But I forget the way back to love

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Cracks In The Ceiling,” a shiver-inducing outpouring of haunting emotion – the kind that one might bury deep down during the day, only to have it rise and overwhelm the senses come nightfall.

Out Friday, October 23rd, the song arrives as the third installment in the Road Angel Project – a new singles series started by The Bird and The Bee’s Inara George, whose proceeds will be donated via a partnership with Sweet Relief Musicians Fund (whose COVID-19 Relief Fund at Sweet Relief provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who have lost income due to the global pandemic). The benefit initiative began in August with Atwood Editor’s Pick song “Sex In Cars,” a duet between George and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, and continued into September with a three-track Vol. 2 offering from Alex Lilly, Danielle De Andrea, Larry Goldings, and Mike Viola.

Vol. 3 is a breathtaking immersion of atmospheric goodness and aching vulnerability.

Broke all the bells
Severed every string
Built myself a temple
Then wrecked everything
Desperate in wanting
Words to unmake
The truths that I hid from
As they welded my cage
I’ve been bound for so long
By dreams I couldn’t shake
Was hoping you could show me
How to find a way back to love
(L-R): Maize and Wendy Wang

(L-R): Maize and Wendy Wang

“Cracks in the Ceiling” brings Los-Angeles based writer/topliner Maize together with LA-based producer/writer Wendy Wang – both are signed to Greg Kurstin’s No Expectations Publishing, a joint venture with Sony/ATV, and each has a wealth of notable and impressive songwriting credits under her belt.

Yet nothing’s quite the same as having your own name on a song, is it? To that end, “Cracks in the Ceiling” makes for a beautiful and stirring duet. “This song came together from a sound Wendy made on her iPhone, small and unassuming, but it made both of us feel something special,” Maize tells Atwood Magazine. “The lyrics just happened, and so did the melodies, we followed an idea that felt bigger than ourselves… and really that’s what the song is all about. Humbling yourself to inspiration and purpose.”

Recognizing our inherent fragility, “Cracks In The Ceiling” is a song of humility and resolve; of using one’s so-called weaknesses as strengths; of dwelling in one’s depths in order to soar. Stream the new single exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and consider donating to Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 fund (link below):

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com