Singer, songwriter and producer Peter Manos has just released an anticipated new single – a languid track called ‘Tennessee’, along with an accompanying lyric video.
The song finds Manos experimenting with autotune over a bed of spare yet effective synths and hypnotic beats, as he ponders a floundering relationship. The lyric video, meanwhile, punctuates Manos’ frustration and confusion as he sings, “You said you’d remember me/When I moved from Tennessee/ You think that I’d already know/That nothing ever changes”.
The young artist rose to fame after his very first single, 2018’s ‘In My Head’, went viral. At the time, Manos was a student at Nashville’s Belmont University, where he recorded the mournful song in his dorm room. The ballad has since picked up over 300 million streams and was declared a “Song You Need To Know” by Rolling Stone. Spotify, meanwhile, added the track to playlists like “Today’s Top Hits” and “Pop Rising”.
The artist, whose deeply personal lyricism and subtle yet highly-effective melodies have drawn comparisons to the likes of Bon Iver, Frank Ocean and James Blake, followed with the sparse and moody ‘Out Of Love’, and slow-jam ‘You Don’t Know Me’ – the latter of which was called “Truly breathtaking” by Ones To Watch. Thanks to his success, the music student made the decision to leave Belmont after his sophomore year, and focus on his craft.
Now based in Los Angeles, the 23-year old Dallas native – who admits in an official statement that, “I’m completely obsessive about making music and getting it right” – has been honing his skills at his home studio, working on an almost exclusively solo basis.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Manos marvelled at his success, “Doing all this has been a dream. It’s something I’ve wanted for a lot longer than it’s actually been happening.”