Manu Grace will release her No Room for Error EP via Platoon on October 16. The seven-song album is unabashed about desire; vulnerable and fierce. With a bold unlocking of freedom and femininity, the album reflects her inner and outer world over the course of an eventful couple of months of love, loss, and visa runs. It trails her travels chronologically and the project reads like a story. The album’s first song and title track is a spare and intimate look at the beginning of a passionate relationship.
The South African songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist has become a purveyor of “sensitive pop” — unguarded and groovy, appealing to both heart and feet alike. “No Room For Error” follows the EP’s lead single “Two Weeks” which premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show as a “World First” record and has been featured by NPR Music on their “New Music Friday” podcast; and the sensual and gorgeous “Over the Stove.”
Raised in a creative family, and sheltered from the distractions of technological advancements, Manu grew up with plenty of room for her imagination to thrive. At 15, she wrote her first full composition the day her baby brother came home from the hospital and joined her first band during her final high school exams. She notes, “I learned so much about my craft from that experience — I learned about arrangement, recording, and gear in general. It quite literally altered my world.”
Manu went on to do a stint at the University of Cape Town Music School. During this time, she connected with Ross Dorkin and Robin Brink of Beatenberg who have gone on to produce both her new EP and June, her 2019 debut EP. She worked her way from Italy to London to Berlin doing odd jobs along the way to be able to work with them while reveling in the obscurity travel brought her, and creating music she had long dreamt up.