Man-Made Sunshine has shared his intriguing new single ‘Life’s Gonna Kill You (If You Let It)’.
The project is the alter ego of Conor Mason, whose work with Nothing But Thieves has helped take the group from the rock fringes to the pinnacle of the charts.
This new solo endeavour offers something different, however, a brew rooted in pop, electronic production, and drifting psych textures. Man-Made Sunshine refers to moving beyond grief and trauma, and learning to build your own happiness, and sense of self-acceptance.
He comments: “I started with the question of ‘Man-Made Sunshine’ – am I able to find it and make it myself, or is it made for me? The project is ultimately about inner growth – I headed into some heavy places to find healing from loss and focused on thoughts and feelings around death, grief of others and my old self.”
New single ‘Life’s Gonna Kill You (If You Let It)’ pushes back against the negativity, attempting to pursue the light amid the darkness. Conor uses his voice in a new way, the slight twinges of soul in there working amid a refreshingly distinct palette.
Conor says: “Ultimately this song is about survival and trying to find the strength to not give up. Survival from oneself, survival from the darkest, loneliest places you can reach in your mind.”
“The way I survived this was by the purest love and connection of a best friend suffering with the same condition. The ability to hold onto one another and keep each other afloat ultimately gave us both a valuable life lesson… that love can truly triumph over anything. As corny as it sounds, the feeling didn’t need an explanation. In turn this helped us to look into ourselves and slowly find the self-love we were lacking all along.”
The full video is online, too, with Man-Made Sunshine opting for something raw, the warped effects acting as a neat counterpoint to his songwriting.
Tune in now.