Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Lovely song alert: Muna - Winterbreak

Muna are a self-described "dark-pop girl group from LA". They consist of lead singer Katie Gavin - the one with the drastic pixie cut - and guitarists Naomi McPherson and Josette Maskin; and invented their name during a game of word association (it rhymes with Luna, you see).

Their new single, Winterbreak, is a crystallised gem of brooding sombrepop. And the band have written a lengthy explanation of what it's all about.

"This song is about a love that you can't reconcile — wanting to make a home out of a person that has proved to you time and again that they are not a home; they are just a person. It's about retracing scars, negative patterns, all with the silent belief that moments of communion and understanding might justify months of misfiring and regret. We're all just trying to get back to that 'first high' feeling — an honest endeavour, however futile."

And that's not all. They've penned an equally extensive explanation of the video "treatment".

"The Winterbreak video is about the dual experience of belonging and non-belonging involved in returning to a former home. Often when we've visited the places we grew up in, we've found ourselves in the strange space between nostalgia and total regression. We visit familiar places in which we no longer fit, surround ourselves with familiar people with whom we don't necessarily connect any more, and engage in familiar activities that might normally strike us as incredibly immature. Despite being in the same world we were immersed in as children and adolescents, there is a sense there that almost everything about 'home' has changed. Generally for us, the only solace has been really great friends. So we tried to show some of that."

Oh, give it a rest, you guys. Let's just enjoy the song.

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