An emotional glimpse into yesterday, between contemplation and a gentle optimism – the new Christmas song »Back Home« by MKSM
Nostalgia is an odd feeling. On the one hand it can mean an escape from the present and transfigure some things, but on the other hand it can also be the foundation of valuable memories – memories of one’s own past, family, and being together during special times like Christmas. In his new single »Back Home«, MKSM dedicates himself to these memories and meets them with both emotional and honest vocals, condensed using organic vocoder and guitar, accompanied by gentle piano chords. It’s a minimalist song between hope and melancholy, which, with reduced resources, develops a contemplative but at the same time warm Christmas mood – rarely does this balancing act succeed so delicately. In the harmonies that come flowing in an echo of the past can be heard – feelings towards home and the long personal journey that lies behind you. But also the empowering certainty that the view is finally unobstructed and a self-determined life with all its surprises now forms the broad horizon far from past uncertainties.
In the music video for the song, the two selves of a young man meet, in this case played by LGBTQ Youtuber Tommy Toalingling with whom Maksim shot the video. Tommy has been inspiring people for years with his humorous yet sensitive videos about homosexuality, coming out, and hate-speech – and how people can deal confidently with all of this. The video for “Back Home” makes this thematic sensitivity tangible throughout. In lifelike images, the past self from the old homeland has just turned 15 and is reconciled at a family reunion with a new, changed self that has found its way and is now leading a new life. Tolerance for other perspectives and mindful togetherness are universal core messages of the song but also fit perfectly into the festive Christmas season. After all, it is the ability to empathize, that deep humanity that unites us over and over again especially these days. “Back Home” reminds you of what really matters: accepting our fellow human beings exactly as they are – and thus ourselves