All photos: Ian Johnson
Oh, how the time flies. It feels like just yesterday when we premiered Axel Mansoor's compelling debut, "Wasted My Love," and that's because it was just over a year ago. In that short time frame, Mansoor has become an Emmy-nominated artist, played to packed venues throughout Los Angeles, and witnessed that very debut single rise through the ranks of Spotify's US Viral 50 Chart. And it is because of all this and so much more, that we are honored to premiere "Wasted My Love (Stripped)."
We originally praised "Wasted My Love" for its forward-looking approach in tackling themes of loss and self-love. The same underlying sentiment remains on the stripped-down rendition, but the raw emotionality on display here is nothing short of absolutely moving artistry. In stripping the song down to its component parts, Mansoor's intricate guitar work and impassioned vocals shine. The effect is a uniquely intimate experience that strikes the listener's core from the moment the press play.
The rising artist was kind enough to share a few words with us on his new acoustic version of "Wasted My Love,"
"What's great about this version is you get to actually hear the interplay between the guitar and vocals. The chorus guitar riff is super John Mayer-inspired; he's the master of hiding musical intricacy in plain sight."
Mansoor wears his heart on his sleeve in "Wasted My Love (Stripped)," and in doing so proves himself as both an artist and a poet. It's all the more exciting to hear that this is the second offering, the first being "Father Time," off of Mansoor's debut EP Somerset. If "Wasted My Love (Stripped)" is any indicator of the type of musicianship we can expect to see on Somerset, the EP can not come soon enough.
Take your first listen to "Wasted My Love (Stripped)" below and keep an eye out for Somerset due out this June: