Mean Lady – “Pony Ony Oy”
Delaware’s neo-soul pop duo, Mean Lady (aka Sam Nobles & Katie Dill), sprung up like wild flowers way back in 2010. Their perfectly packaged, 5-track EP, Kid Friendly, was quietly released for free via BandCamp & Mediafire and instantly caught blog buzz all over the internet. I remember first stumbling upon the Kid Friendly EP on a quiet September evening, all alone in my studio apartment in Chicago. My immediate thoughts were…”Oh my gosh! Is that Lauryn Hill singing? Where is this band from? Has anyone heard this?!?!”. This giant wave of excitement swept over my entire body. Completely blown away.
For about a week straight I listened to absolutely nothing but that EP, trying to imagine who could possibly be behind these wondrous R&B sounds. After doing a little bit of research, I finally got in contact with Mean Lady via e-mail and basically wrote them a two page love letter about how much I adored their tunes. Thankfully, they replied back with some very sweet words. We’ve been internet buddies ever since.
Recently, ML have been experimenting with their solo efforts (Sam has a project called Tip Toes & Katie Dill has been making some ukekle-based songs under her own name). They are also in the process of finishing up their debut full-length album, Love Now. Katie was nice enough to give me a few words on their newest creation, “Pony Ony Oy”, a smooth gliding track that runs a little over 9 minutes. Trust me…every minute is totally worth it:
pony ony oy began with a part sam played on the piano which included the “i don’t care how many tries it takes” melody. then we added vocals to it and i added the “you’re the best best” melody. it all came together very naturally, and it’s one of our favorite songs we do together. this version has been a long time coming, as is true about many tracks off of the very soon to drop “Love Now”. we’ve been ruminating with some of these songs for a year now, and are finally nailing down the polished versions of these babies.
personally, especially for this song, having the final recording is a weight off the shoulders. it’s definitely an emotional song, and it’s nice to finally be able to just listen to it. even just recording a song like that can make you go through those feelings again, but when it’s done it has a home and you can just chill with it.
Stream/Download “Pony Ony Oy” below: