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Mav Karlo Shares New Video For “Strangers Like Us”

November 13, 2020
Photo by Calm Elliott-Armstrong

Mav Karlo

Shares a video for “Strangers Like Us”

Debut album Strangers Like Us is out now on Royal Mountain Records

Mav Karlo (A.K.A. Menno Versteeg of Hollerado and also the founder of Royal Mountain Records) shares the video for “Strangers Like Us,” the title-track taken from his debut record, out now on Royal Mountain Records.

Directed and animated by Anne Douris, it’s a perfect example of Versteeg’s poetic lyricism as he tells the story of a couple falling out of sync, finding themselves at sea from their once rock-solid foundation. It’s a story as old as time, or as Versteeg puts it: “This song has been written a million times before and will continue to be written by cockroaches and jellyfish, long after humans are extinct.

With Strangers Like Us, Mav Karlo shines. This exuberant arrangement is enriched with deep rhythms, a captivating vocal harmony, and a beat that will move you.

Strangers Like Us closely documents an especially tough period in Versteeg’s life, and ultimately arrives at an undeniable courage in its commitment to truth-telling and unsparing self-examination. Produced by Chris Coady (Amen Dunes, Beach House, Future Islands) and recorded at two iconic studios (Sunset Sound in L.A. and Sonic Ranch in the Texas border town of Tornillo), the album features gracefully sparse arrangements and centres on Versteeg’s lyrical storytelling, revealing a narrative voice deeply attuned to the beauty in the ordinary and routinely overlooked. Despite a stripped-back approach, Strangers Like Us draws incredibly rich texture from Versteeg’s delicate melodies and warm vocal work, and from the spirited performances of guest musicians Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls (on vocals), Charlie Spencer of Dizzy (keys, drums), and Versteeg’s Hollerado bandmate Nixon Boyd (guitar, bass). 

Mav Karlo’s Strangers Like Us is out now on Royal Mountain Records:

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