Best Mann(the alter-ego of Massachusett-based producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and Prince-devotee Nate Mondschein) is an obsessive over small moments. Merging Art-Rock aesthetics, Hip-Hop-adjacent pocket, and Folk-style storytelling, Natebrings his diverse influences to bear in the form of lush, groove-heavy arrangements encircling observational, evocative lyrics. He likes telling stories about family, and anxiety, and love, and ghosts, and things he can’t remember as well as he wishes he could. He does a lot of this on his self-produced debut album under the Best Mann moniker, …And the Sky
Written almost entirely in the wake of his friend and former bandmate’s death, Nate spends much of …And the Sky balancing the twin purposes of attempting to honor her memory and impact, while contending with his grief and guilt over his longstanding anxieties. The album was entirely self-produced and performed.