“MST” takes place during the half-year after the passing of the author’s friend and former bandmate, drawing focus to the ways in which he struggled to reckon with and rationalize her death, and the toll it took on his everyday life and relationships. As with many songs from the ...And the Sky LP, “MST” fixates on the small moments: scrolling through old photos in hopes of a different ending, waking up to the sound of wings, briefly certain of her return. The lyrics culminate in a direct address to his friend, the presentation of some vain hope that by sinking deeper into the loss, he could retain form of contact with her. By the end of the song, this plea has been swallowed by distortion.
The instrumentals to “MST,” a choir of intertwined acoustic and electric guitars surrounding a simple, loping drum beat, draw heavily from Nate’s background in the indie-folk genre. The vocals, expanding outwards from a single voice to a layered chorus, re-contextualize his longstanding love of r&b and neo-soul into a more singer-songwriter aesthetic: the result is a song that simultaneously tips its cap to Big Thief and D’Angelo, SZA and Iron & Wine.
As with all other songs on …And the Sky, “MST” was composed, produced, and performed entirely by Nate Mondschein. It was tracked by Nate @ Echo Base Production and Andrew Oedel @ Ghost Hit Recording, Mixed by Andrew Oedel, and Mastered by Brian Lucey @ Magic Garden Mastering