Each element of “The Maze” carries a tenderness; yet, the song from Phillip Whitehead is a force. The single begins with an acoustic guitar and peaceful vocals painting a poetic portrait that is both direct and subject to personal interpretation. Famous speeches of Martin Luther King (“I have a dream”) and Winston Churchill (“fight them on the beaches”) are referenced. Strings and harmony add to the beauty of “The Maze,” before the song ends with vocal layering that has the feel of a powerful crescendo, despite the gentleness of the individual elements.
Phillip Whitehead is a multi-instrumentalist in London. The credits of “The Maze” note that he provided the “vocals, guitar, bass, and programming.” The other listed musicians are Stephen McDade (violin), Judith Dallosso (cello), and Benedict McDowell (drums).Whitehead describes “The Maze” as a song
about togetherness, unity, strength and freedom.