Premiere: Meet Melbs experimentalist boler mani, and his new song no patience
After scoring a breakthrough moment thanks to his last single, the Melbourne genre-bender emerges with another burst of unpredictability.
There's a lot of chat about the next generation of Australian musicians leading the charge at the moment, and we reckon one that's worthy of paying close attention to is Melbourne-based 19-year-old boler mani. The newcomer has been building a discography for a few years now, with singles and demos littering his streaming profiles back in 2018 and 2019. In the last few months, however, the experimentalist has really taken his sound and image a step further, arming himself with genre-moulding singles that welcome glimpses of his brilliance, and signalling the beginning of a breakthrough moment for the young up-and-comer.
A lot of this excitement stems from the release of his single unsatiated back in February, a three-minute-something burst of hip-hop, electronica and pop that blurred genre lines and instead, focused in on a fun and lively energy. It featured darting vocals moving amongst a hot-bed of synth production and 808s, creating this BROCKHAMPTON-meets-Paak-esque vibe while simultaneously feeling new and incomparable, seeking out a unique lane in a way that feels like something boler mani wants to become known for through his work.
Likewise, this individuality is something that shines in his new single no patience, which premieres on Pilerats alongside its official release today. It runs a tad over three minutes, but that's all the time that boler mani needs to prove his point on no patience; the single feeling like the perfect follow-up to unsatiated in its genre-bending brilliance, and the forward-thinking experimentalism that strives through his work.
The song focuses in on the more aggressive and in-your-face side of boler mani's work; no patience channelling the rush of hip-hop energy and creating something incredible out of it, as his vocal veers amongst a flurry of production that picks up in tempo from the get-go and doesn't ease off until its ending, with the exception of a more low-key bridge wedged in the middle of the song. "The beat was the main focus of this track," he says on the track. "I wanted to make something really aggressive and in your face, something you can mindlessly swing your head to."
It's a shifting and unpredictable showcase of what boler mani does best, constantly keeping you on your toes as the beat switches up and boler mani takes on a dreamier sound midway through - something heavily inspired by acts like Tyler The Creator. " I wanted to make something really aggressive and in your face, something you can mindlessly swing your head to."
The single premieres with an official video by Charlie Buxton-Lee and Nick Rae, which further adds to the warped experimentalism of the single's sound. "I wanted the music video to be glitchy and a tad chaotic to match the energy of the song," boler mani explains. "The video was super easy to shoot on my end.. until it came to putting in & taking out those contacts. That was a horrible experience haha."
As the Melbourne musician arms himself with plenty more to come, there's no denying that boler mani is someone worth keeping a close eye on throughout the remainder of the year - and beyond. In the meantime, take a dive into no patience's video clip below, as it premieres on Pilerats now (and underneath, introduce yourself to the musician while you're at it):
Tell us about yourself?
I’m 19 years old. I love making music as much as the next guy. It’s more about the feeling the song evokes though. I love making a unique and exciting feeling which is why music is so fun to me. I’m really into meditation and spirituality too. I feel like it provides a necessary foundation of viewing yourself, others and the world which is extremely important for dealing with the inevitable stresses that arise in your life.
What’s your music like? What does it sound like? What kind of themes does it usually cover?
I feel like my music is super unpredictable since I’m always trying something new sonically. I generally write about topics around mental health and personal struggles. If I’m not addressing something on the nose lyrically, I usually try to paint a picture of something that acts as a metaphor for the actual topic. This provides me a way to get creative with lyrics as well as leaving interpretation open for the listener where they might relate to a line in one way which actually had a different meaning behind it.
I’ve been taking a lot of inspiration from Don Toliver, Tyler the Creator and a band called Seeyousoon recently. All of them create such vivid experiences through their music.
What are your production and writing processes usually like?
It depends what kind of beat I’m going for. If it’s something melody focused, I start with instruments and textures. If it’s a harder style I start with the drums. After the beat’s idea is down I start freestyling flow ideas then start writing to something I like. Then I listen to what I’ve done so far too many times until I hate it and repeat. I usually know a song is worthy of release if I’ve played it many many times and I still like it.
Can you tell us about your latest single, No Patience?
I was really inspired by Tyler the Creator’s song he did for a Coke commercial recently and also by the band Seeyousoon and all of their music. I wanted to make something really in your face and energetic that automatically sustains your attention throughout the song where it feels like more of a journey as well as an easy listen, as corny as that sounds.
What do you have planned for the rest of 2021?
Hoping to finally finish my EP that has been 90% finished for the past year. Also have a launch event for No Patience with some special guests planned for the end of August; nothing’s finalised at the moment though. I’ve got a lot of projects that I’ve been working on with other artists across many genres that I’m excited to share also.
What do you want people to take away from your work?
I just want people to hear good music. Something that lasts in their mind. A feeling they can revisit whenever they play my music. Something that people can relate to however they do.
Where can we find more of your music?
I’m on Spotify, Apple Music and every other streaming platform.