AXEL MANSOOR, “rot”
While I’ve written several times about SoCal-based singer/songwriter Axel Mansoor, the recent Clubhouse Icon and Emmy Award nominee spent some time overseas in his family home in Mauritius, and has shared a lot of personal release through his EP “i hadn’t ever loved myself”, from which is culled “rot”. The EP also contains “kids can be so stupid”, which I wrote about not long ago. “rot” took me longer to figure out and process, with its jangly arrangement and fuzzy production (below, reminding me of Chet Porter and Alison Wonderland’s wonderful collaboration of last year called “Bummed”) which tends to obscure some of the lyrics but is an enjoyable listen nonetheless. But do check out the acoustic video of “rot” above. What I’ve appreciated most about Axel in writing about him since 2017 is how genuine he is. He takes this with him on the Clubhouse APP in his Lullaby Club, and to his Facebook and Instagram videos. It’s a lovely version of “rot”, and now we can hear all of the lyrics, which strip away the “rot” of our younger years (which we always take with us anyway) in favour of our eventual growth and maturity, which make us better people in the end.