- Giavanna Gradaille
Review: "Tracks in Minor" - MKSM
The journey to self-love is a long and winding one. Everyone’s journey is different, but the one crucial requirement for this journey that everyone will experience is healing. And healing requires us to contend with a multitude of difficult and unpleasant emotions. Some are ready to take this challenge head-on, and some hide from themselves out of fear. “Tracks in Minor” by MKSM is dedicated to those who are still in hiding and in need of compassion in order to begin this journey.
“Tracks in Minor” is a Dance-Pop track with an upbeat tempo that's carried by a violin heavy melody with lyrics that force a listener to examine themselves. The single describes how our insecurities manage to get the better of us and prevent us from taking risks that can double as opportunities. The single opens with the violin melody before MKSM delivers the verse. Within it, MKSM is relaying to the listener how they are simply just “going through repeating phases / still pretending I’ve learnt my lesson”; they’re confessing that they haven’t allowed themselves the time to process their emotions. But they are hoping that “new plans” will help distract themselves and mask this fact from others. And it does for a bit until we get to the chorus – here MKSM’s vocal delivery rises to show that this suppression of their own feelings is no longer working. They have now succumbed to these intense emotions which allows the artist to finally confront themselves – this is the beginning of a journey of self-healing and love.
Maksim, better known as MKSM, is a singer, songwriter, violinist, and LGBTQ+ activist. The artist studied classical violin but began an affair with Pop music that has since turned into a passionate romance. MKSM currently resides in Berlin, however, he is no stranger to the rest of Europe. In 2019, he won the British LGBTQ+ Music Award as ‘Newcomer of the Year’, while his pride hymn “Original Self – Enough is Enough” won ‘Song of the Year’. The song even supported the largest LGBTQ+ organization within Germany, and he performed it live in 2020’s Global Pride. Since then, MKSM has released two EPs, with “Tracks in Minor” becoming the latest bop added to their repertoire. Their music encompasses the topics of soul-searching, affirmation and acceptance, love, and equality. So, if you ever find yourself in need of introspection and self-love, show MKSM’s discography some virtual love by streaming their music.
Written By Giavanna Gradaille