Mav Karlo AKA: Menno Versteeg, has shared a new single, “Elevator,” the track is joined by his his release of Weaves‘ song “Walkaway.” The singer/songwriter is used to ups and downs. After fronting an indie-rock band for thirteen years, he has seen his fair share of fame and fortune, as well as taking some long, hard looks in the gutter.
The tracks were Produced by Chris Coady, known for his work with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, TV On The Radio, and more, and with backing vocals from Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls, his single “Elevator” is a frank and honest exploration of Versteeg’s own experiences dealing with mental health over the years. The track sees Versteeg yearning for some middle-ground (“Just doing alright, would be more than alright; not over the moon or stuck under the ice”). The single’s b-side “Walkaway” is a track about finally finding comfort in yourself and your resilience.
From Mav Kalo:
“Whether it’s a hypomanic episode or a depression, the feeling at the time is so all encompassing and real that it seems like that is the only reality that I have ever known. I relish the times in between, the periods of stillness when I’m able to be fully present in the moment and able to interact with my environment and the people in my life with the confidence that comes with being in equilibrium.”
Menno Vertseeg is also the founder of Royal Mountain Records, the Canadian label home of Mac DeMarco, Alvvays, U.S. Girls, Orville Peck, Pottery and more. The label made the headlines last year for their excellent mental health initiative for their artists.
Order The double A-side “Elevator”/”Walkaway” Royal Mountain Records via all streaming platforms.