South African songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Manu Grace has shared “How Can I Apologise?”, the latest video from her gorgeous EP No Room for Error. The seven song album — out now via Platoon — is unabashed about desire; vulnerable and fierce. On the track, Grace creates a powerfully haunting mood of sadness with the track, skilfully blended with the underlying conviction that there will be an eventual positive outcome. It speaks to the difficult decision of moving on from a relationship in order to grow personally. “The song gripped me on a personal level,” notes director Tao Farren-Hefer.
“During the first lockdown in South Africa, there were rumours of drag races happening every Sunday afternoon in the nearby beach parking lot. I investigated what was really happening over the hill,” Farren-Hefer notes of the video. “Through creating this music video, I found that the rumours certainly didn’t capture the whole truth and I felt compelled to dig even deeper and explore what I found more thoroughly, which resulted in the short documentary Spinderella.”
With a bold unlocking of freedom and femininity, No Room for Error reflects Manu’s 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 EP’s lead single “Two Weeks” premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show as a “World First” record and has been featured on NPR Music’s “New Music Friday” playlist. The EP also includes the sensual and gorgeous “Over the Stove”; the spare and intimate title track “No Room For Error,” looking at the beginning of a passionate relationship; and more. Hear the album here: http://platoon.lnk.to/noroomforerror.
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. She did a stint at the University of Cape Town Music School and, during this time, she connected with Ross Dorkin and Robin Brink of Beatenberg who have gone on to produce both No Room For Error and her debut 2019’s EP June. June saw her named Apple Music South Africa’s ‘Favourite New Artist’ and nominated for “Best Alternative Music Album” and “Female Artist of the Year” by the SAMAs (South African Music Awards).