Singles Club - Premiere Edition: Maũ
If you're wondering why I'm talking about the idea of aural magnetism, well, it's because that's what happened to me the first time I listened to Maũ's "Soggy Toes." Combining the sinews of carefully-chosen beats with Kamau Wainaina's fluid, velvet voice, "Soggy Toes" captures the special, passionate flush of love. It's a thoughtful, tender composition, and every note is a gem in and of itself. I'm thrilled to be premiering this song and to be able to share a little of Maũ's aural magnetism.
Says Wainaina, "I made this song in the dead of winter, but it’s such a summer tune. I'm not sure if that was conscious considering summertime back home in Kenya always happens as soon as it starts to get cold pretty much everywhere else. I was just messing around with these really sunny chords and started singing something about love, in a very sort of objective abstract way; the whole chorus was kind of a freestyle, and by the end I was like "this doesn't make complete sense, but I'm not sure it has to." I liked how it caught that sunshine feeling."
When I listen to "Soggy Toes" I can feel the balminess of a summer evening, right when the sun is going down, possibly at the end of a summer storm, when the light is lifting out of the dark clouds and for a moment there's something magical in the air. Wainaina's Maũ evokes such a perfect summer mood, though believe me when I say this song's appeal is year-round. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did (and do), and be sure to check out Wainaina's self-directed video, too.