Named after the Maurice Sendak character from Where the Wild Things Are, “max” is the DIY project of New York-based Sebastien Labossiere, a student who creates music in his spare time. He has churned out a good amount of it in the past year alone, including two apparent EPs and several other singles. He describes his music as foggy and dream-like, and his latest is no exception. The first few seconds of the new track drone ominously, setting the tone well for a song called “'Shitty Ass Day/.

The tale is told as a two-part Greek tragedy. The first half is entirely consumed with the dissolution of a relationship, which not only leaves him heartbroken but also in pain, as she had been “treating me like nothing.” Labossiere’s self-harmonies mirror the emotional path of the lyrics, as if amplifying the feeling. The drone shifts during a twenty second interlude to a lonesome synth melody, evoking a disarming calm that propels the rest of the song.

In the latter half of 'Shitty Ass Day', we learn about a slew of other disasters that befell “max,” issues that snowballed from oversleeping to failing class. Though he never directly mentions it again, his earlier break up remains at the back of his mind; he even begs himself to stop checking his phone, just like Ruban Neilsen did on UMO’s heartsick 2015 record, Multi-Love. In one final crescendo of calamity and hopelessness, even after being baptized on his way home, “max” loses his keys...again. Hard to believe a five minute track could be so physically exhausting, but after 'Shitty Ass Day', I’m winded. Is it tomorrow yet?