The multi-instrumentalist's third single finds him waxing pensive over his mother's sage advice accompanied by a bevy ominous figures clad in animal onesies. “Mama” marks Mancuso's first release without a featured artist, following “Black & White” with Poo Bear and “Magic” with Maia Mitchell.
As Mancuso's mom makes regular appearances on his YouTube channel, which boasts nearly five million subscribers, it's no surprise that she played a prime role in inspiring this output.
“My mother would consistently advise me to do things a certain way, as mothers tend to do,” explains Mancuso. “Even though I wouldn’t listen, protecting my sister and I was, and still is, my mom’s sole purpose in life. That’s why the song is dedicated to her. That’s why it’s called ‘Mama.'”
Recalling his mindset during the song's moment inception, Mancuso says it finds roots in “a very raw, true place.”
“I sat at a piano and came up with a chord progression and melody that really meant something to me,” says Mancuso. “It felt classic yet futuristic. It was like I was taking a beautiful piece nostalgia, then twisting it into something dark and weird. That’s the feeling I wanted to emulate.”
Feel like emulating some odd nostalgia as well? Check out the Mancuso-directed clip below.