Axel Mansoor Gave A Glimpse Into His Soul At Broke. L.A. THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: Axel Mansoor @ REGENT THEATRE | BROKE LA 4/21/18
LOS ANGELES, CA- When I was “researching” the acts that would be performing at Broke L.A., I was intrigued by Axel Mansoor. As an Asian American, I notice and pay attention to new acts who have roots in the east. When I started to play some of the tracks he had up on Spotify, I literally did a double take. Axel had a real nice soulful groove and his vocals were top notch. His single “Wasted My Love” may have close to a million streams, but I was particularly impressed with his cut “Out Of My Head”. It’s a track that has minimal instrumentals which allows the melody line to really lay bear the emotions in the lyrics. Also, the vocal production sounds top-notch with the harmonies perfectly mixed (IMHO).
Axel’s early afternoon performance at Broke L.A. had the same minimal instrumentation that I appreciated so much on “Out Of My Head”. Accompanied by the electric guitar around his neck and a friend who manned an another electric guitar and drum machine, Axel basically bore his soul to the Broke LA crowd during his half hour set. His falsetto was light and clear, and delicately floated around the notes of his compositions.
Since Broke L.A., Axel has released a series of singles that will ultimately add up to the EP, Somerset, of new music he’s recorded. Each of the three singles (“Father Time”, “Wasted My Love (Stripped)” and “White Lies”) are acoustic in nature, are even more revealing glimpses into his romantic and revealing mindset.