We first heard from Mauri Dark in November of 2020 upon the release of his single “Thin Line of Understanding.” Also known as Mauri Kosonen, he is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Turku, Finland. Long established throughout Europe as one half of the successful Heavy Metal duo ‘Mystons,’ as Mauri Dark he introduces a completely new direction for his music. On December 18, 2020 he released his debut solo album “Dreams of a Middle Aged Man,” a ten song collection of deeply personal Alt/Folk acoustic material which chronicles recent personal, emotional and professional changes in the artist’s life.
“Love Will Prevail” is the latest single from “Dreams of a Middle Aged Man.” The song and the album are from the same great tradition of literary and thoughtful singer/songwriters that produced legends like Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed. The track finds Mauri alone with his guitar and minimal accompaniment. The singer pairs his deep tenor with a warm and melodic finger-picked acoustic guitar. Subtle electric guitar leads paint the edges of the mix. As the song progresses he is joined by an understated arrangement of strings and woodwinds. However, the heartbeat of the song is Mauri’s own soulful and melancholy vocal.
Lyrically “Love Will Prevail ” takes an honest assessment of our troubling times, but looks to the future with hope. With references to the Beatles and the peace movement of the 1960’s, the song makes the case for the power of love and tolerance over greed and hate. It is a potent message for this moment in history at which it seems that the bad guys win more often than not.
Mauri assures us that love will prevail. It must, “Because every moment of hate brings us closer to losing life’s game.” The song’s video features the singer wandering through a burnt out forest, hand in hand with his beautiful two year old daughter, Hymni. The simple and powerful short film is mesmerizing. We watch the singer and his child raise hope from the ashes, symbolized by a white balloon.
This video is a wonderful memory for both of us. Editing it was a heartfelt experience. Just watching her being her beautiful, pure, self, unable to fake or act.Mauri Dark
Watch the “Love Will Prevail” video below. You can also hear the track on the Deep Indie Songwriters playlist. Follow the links below the video to connect with Mauri Dark. Get on his socials and get in the loop on an exciting new chapter of this talented and versatile musician’s journey.
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