“s_t_l” is about letting go of people (and the difficulty of doing so). The song was written in that liminal space where you recognize that you and this person need to follow your own paths but there still lingers a deep love and yearning for what you shared – and all the fears and insecurities that come with it.
“The first part of the song is trying to reckon with letting go and whether this feeling will ever leave – asking myself the question “am I still waiting for you?”. The second half is more of a retrospective approach, tracing the relationship with a new lens and being able to recognize the unanswered questions and lingering issues that led to its demise. After I had recorded I knew it was missing something and when Maya came to the studio and recorded over the chorus and 2nd verse it felt a lot more delicate and came to life in this beautifully intimate and conversational way”, Mau from nowhere says.
mau from nowhere is a Kenyan-British multidisciplinary artist and musician currently based in Nairobi. His self-produced sound draws from a foundation of hip hop, R&B and Indie to create an alternative sonic blend that is uniquely his own. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Obongjayar, Little Simz and Bloc Party, mau from nowhere aims to explore new sounds while balancing storytelling and world building through his process. Named one of the best new artists on the continent in 2022 by NATIVE Magazine, mau from nowhere’s intrepid sound and vivid lyrics have caught the eyes of Okay Africa, Galore and Forbes to name a few, and his debut album has already been named one of NATIVE Magazine “14 Projects the NATIVE is looking forward to in 2023”.