Over the last few months, South London singer-songwriter Greentea Peng has quickly become a favourite of ours here on Backseat Mafia, so we jumped on her new single Hu Man, which is out now, produced by long time collaborator Earbuds.
The song, in her own words, hints at deeper meanings “YOU man, me man, WE MAN .
Hu Man is an exploration of self and our attachment to identity, especially in this modern age. Hu Man is a war cry from the battlefield of mind, calling to the divine Mother to take this ego, take this head, to remove all these words and man made constructs and take me, take us, back to centre. Back to oneness, forward to unity. In Lak’ech Ala K’in, I am you you are me, is a Mayan saying I encountered during a Ceremony in Mexico and it’s stayed with me always. I find it very fitting for the times we find ourselves in, such shifting paradigms. Hu Man is an offering of peace and healing to the collective in these intense times, and I pray it takes people inside themselves if for only just a moment.”
The song and those deeper meanings are wrapped up in a hazy Bossa Nova, as it slips in and out of focus, beautiful harmonies flex over the changes and the orchestration wraps itself around the track, with flutes, percussion, piano amongst others adding a little more verve and colour to the texture. Over the top, Greentea Peng’s drapes her velvety, soulful vocals to brilliant, emotive effect.
Check it out, along with the beautifully shot video, here