The London-Based Songwriter-Producer Alex Mankoo, has been creating leftfield and nuanced soundscapes as his Holy 57 alter-ego since the summer of 2015. His first single ‘Island Kids’, found him recognition online with over 250k streams on Spotify and a charting position on The Hype Machine.
His unique sound comes from his array of cultural influences. Part Greek, part Indian – His music explores concepts of Family, Heritage, Travel and his own experiences around him.
At the start of the UK lockdown, Mankoo returned from a two year Hiatus in music with his first EP track ‘Cambridge, MA’. The new single is the second part of the project, a leftfield alt-pop track with plenty of Psychedelic influence. Speaking on the new single he states:
“I wrote most of ‘Y’ in the wake of my grandmother’s death, so the idea of posthumous memory played a big part in shaping the songs. I find it really interesting how memory operates as a sort of reconstructed version of the past through the lens of our minds in the present. Posthumous memory can sometimes iron out complexities that existed when a person was alive, and it becomes almost like a simulation of the person.”