Single Review: MKAI – Nothing Lasts Forever

By on Tuesday, 17th May 2016 at 12:00 pm

Header photo by Brian Benjamin Dwyer

The latest in a remarkable recent crop of Irish artists, Cork band of brothers MKAI made their live debut less than 2 years ago at Electric Picnic 2014. Comprising siblings Cian, Conor, Eoghan and Colm MacSweeny, the band released their debut EP ‘Waiting’ later that autumn with a sold out EP launch show at Cork’s Crane Lane Theatre. The EP was produced and mixed by Rob Kirwan (Hozier, Bell X1, U2) and received national airplay in Ireland at the end of 2014. The band re-released one of its tracks, ‘Loop’, as a single last spring. Now, just over a year later, the band are set to put out another new single, a striking track called ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’.

‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ is a mid-tempo, synth-laced rock tune, dramatic and cinematic in tone, soundtracked by vibrant guitar riffs and insistent drum beats. Though its musical gestures are direct and concise, its lyrics are a bit obtuse, starting with the suggestion of a storyline in the opening verse, “you are a mystery to me / your eyes saw the darkness in me / I’ve been tainted by another jaded lover”. The second verse gives a bit more insight into the song’s plot, “how I painted you in the colours of my mistake / took my breath as you washed them away”, and the rousing chorus rings with hard-won redemption.

The song’s accompanying video, directed by Brian Benjamin Dwyer of Madra Mór Productions, depicts a man running from a mysterious masked villain, the frenzy of the pursuit following the song’s anxiously intensifying pace. Though the video’s protagonist eventually evades capture, the twist ending might leave you questioning your interpretation of the rather purposefully vague lyrics. Have a listen below and draw your own conclusion.


MKAI’s new single ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ will be available from the 27th of May. MKAI made quite an impression on our own editor Mary at Canadian Music Week 2016 earlier this month; stay tuned to TGTF for her full coverage of the band’s appearance in Toronto.


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