San Holo and Manila Killa let the bittersweet “Mean It” ft. Nick Lopez, available now through bitbird/Moving Castle/Counter Records. The song follows a heartbroken lover trying to navigate the brave new world on his own, acting as a microcosm for the performers involved, both sonically and lyrically. The song blossomed during the pandemic and was inspired by the distances it created in everyone’s lives, dealing with loss and intimacy.
“Mean It” is such a special song because it represents the intertwining of different people’s worlds. San came to my house one day to shoot some content for our upcoming show that was due to take place in March 2020, but the world closed shortly after his visit. Kwon and singer/songwriter Nick Lopez were also in the house and we all got talking, San started playing guitar and we started messing around on Ableton. At the end of the day, we all knew we had something special with this song – and it took on a life of its own as we worked on it continuously over the next year. It’s a song about dealing with loss and intimacy that captures the essence of all of our songwriting styles and I feel like it’s a connection that people will understand if they listen to it.” – Manila Killa
“Mean It” is one of those songs that came out of nowhere. I started playing guitar and before you knew it we had the idea for the song. It took me back to LA earlier this year to finally wrap it up for everyone. But I’m excited to finally release this one alongside my Bill Graham show with Manila Killa! – San Holo
The song is San’s first release after his last album are you okay? album that came out earlier this year and while the single is a standalone release, San had a lot more to come. Listen below.