Andrew Mancilla conjures that heady mix of pheromones, cocktails, and infectious beats that envelope you in a dance club. His soulful falsetto leads the charge through a fantasyland. “Ultimately, my new record Subtractive Color, is about fun, love, and youthful excitement. It’s about taking a limited set of emotions and creating a broad spectrum of vividly intense ones. Thus, the title.”
A pre-fame Lady Gaga was a creative catalyst for Andrew. Despite showing promise early on as an adept multi-instrumentalist, versatile and competent on trumpet, baritone sax, piano, and guitar, he lacked focus and discipline. The pair casually worked together while attending NYU. “During college, I was floating, searching for what I wanted to do. She had her stuff together and it inspired me,” Andrew recalls.
The 10-track album bursts open with, “Rewire,” an intoxicating slice of sleek R&B. Other standouts include “It Wasn’t Me,” the silken slow-burn jam which, features upcoming hip-hop artist Decora whose vocals bring a vulnerability to the song’s engrossing narrative. “That is about the follies of young love—missteps in relationships that can poison them forever.” Andrew’s playfulness as a lyricist is in full swagger on “Tell Her” which he opens with the line: I ain’t her type/but I ain’t afraid/She’s asks for a light/ I gave her my name. “I Can’t Believe Her” is a retro-futuristic delight that hits that sweet spot between the Jackson 5 and Justin Timberlake.
Andrew is taking Subtractive Color on the road with select dates in the northeast and a performance at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
Listen to “Rewire” & “It Wasn’t Me” from Subtractive Color here: