PREMIERE: Brit Manor “W8N4U” ft. Novieux
What are you W8N4?
In 1981, Tom Petty told the world the waiting is the hardest part. And now in 2016, Brit Manor is reminding us that it still hasn’t gotten easier. The L.A.-based singer is joined by Novieux of Basecamp on her new single, “W8N4U,” which will appear on her upcoming mini-album, Only Child. The new collection of songs is a form of catharsis for Brit as she indexes her past so that she can start anew in the future.
“W8N4U” fits into the first emotional phase of the project, as Novieux and Brit sing about their internal struggle of waiting. Whether that anticipation is for someone or something is up to you. The production from Mike Gao slows time itself as you listen along to the somber lyrics. We can’t imagine the agony you’d endure if the DMV played this song as you waited for your number to be called [shivers].
We spoke to Brit via email about the creation of this song and the larger picture, Only Child.
Mass Appeal: Why did you decide to add Novieux to the song?
Brit Manor: Mike Gao, Novieux (Basecamp), and I met at the Red Bull Music Academy in 2015. On the very last night of an epic week, Gao got together with keyboardist Alexa Lima (Waking Astronomer) and Blursome (producer/sample artist) to work on this open, eerie beat. Knowing we wanted to collaborate, Novieux and I jumped in to write and record the melody and lyrics until 4 a.m. that morning…before we all jumped on planes back to our respective cities.
It sounds like at some point that you stop waiting and move on. Is this accurate? What’s the impetus for this, if at all?
The duet is a metaphor for some kind of purgatorial anti-relationship—much like the nightmare of passing through a door that leads you into the room you were just in. It’s the kind of depressive romance that leaves each person hollowed and abandoned, probably delusional, wasting away in their respective dungeons, praying the other person might return. The sad part is that they both lie in wait for each other, shells of themselves, hoping they will be redeemed…not knowing someone has to do the redeeming.
Is this song about waiting for a particular person or an abstract idea/event to happen?
The song could absolutely imply waiting for some insatiable ‘thing’ or ‘idea’ to blow in, like a career, an unborn child, or even something as dark as the demons living inside your mind to come to life; anything someone could sacrifice their life for. There is something really ghostly about this tune—the layers in the music evoke this feeling of being in a dripping cell or windowless bedroom, alone, fighting against the darkest parts of yourself.
Is there any particular reason that you spelled the title as it is?
When we sat down to write lyrics, we both hummed “waiting for you” at the exact same time. It was the most bizarre. So that served as the song’s launching pad, and how it got its title. I think Novieux just abbreviated it when we bounced the track, and it stuck. After all, we are millennial children. Who needs vowels?! 😉
How does this track tie into the larger project of Only Child?
Loneliness, depression, death, and lovers are all major themes on the record, so it fits right in. It’s the kind of song you listen to at 1 a.m. in your apartment or car, when you’re feeling emo or reminiscent or moody. My kind of listening.
Only Child is out May 20 via Bastard Jazz Records and available for pre-order on Bandcamp.