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Peyton McMahon releases anxiety anthem "No Control"

Peyton McMahon

No Control

Release: March 31, 2023

Review by Jaylen Heady

Radiantly honest and introspective, Peyton McMahon explores coping with an anxiety-riddled life in his poignant new track, No Control.

Louisiana-based singer-songwriter Peyton McMahon has dropped the ultimate song for anyone that struggles to understand their own mind. Self-written by McMahon and produced by Harper James, No Control is an impassioned glance into the often-discombobulating world of dealing with mental health.

While the song touches on an intense topic, his airiness and pretty falsetto hold a sanguine tone. Amid the pleasurable vocals, the lyrics absolutely illuminate the track. For anyone that has ever felt the burden of a mental health battle, his words offer a comforting mirror. Not to mention, the instrumentation is reminiscent of every indie/pop tune you have ever loved.

The build of the ethereal adlibs on the bridge into the dynamic outro shines the most. After profoundly questioning the inner workings of the mind, McMahon offers a closing heartening sentiment, "Cause I got no control, but I make sure I’m tryin'."

About the song he notes, "Whenever I'm in situations where I don't have control over the outcome, or I'm trying to make a big decision, I can sometimes overthink and worry to the extreme. It's frustrating and makes things harder than they need to be, and it can sometimes feel like an endless cycle, so I wrote this song to vent about it."

McMahon got his start posting covers on YouTube where he garnered 13k+ subscribers. Eventually, he captured the attention of acclaimed artists like Gavin DeGraw, OneRepublic, James Bay, and Kelly Clarkson who invited him to perform on her Piece By Piece tour. Recently included among the 12 aspiring singers in Billboard and Samsung’s NXT artist competition, he has quickly become a force to be reckoned with.

Between soulful lyricism and heavenly vocals, it’s easy to feel close to McMahon and his songs. When asked about musical humanity he says, "I want people to feel less alone in what they're going through, whether it's a tough moment or a brighter one." No Control is the perfect example of his innate ability to do just that.

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