MUNA – About U
Released: February 3, 2017
If you need a new dark pop girl trio in your life, you’re in luck. LA-based band, MUNA, released their debut album today (Feb. 3) titled About U, an album that speaks volumes with every track. The band consisting of Katie Gavin (lead vocals/production), Josette Maskin (lead guitar/vocals), and Naomi McPherson (production/guitar/synths/vocals), tackles issues that not everyone wants to talk about but that needs to be said.
From bedroom production to in-studio, their follow up to their outstanding EP, The Loudspeaker, showcases their glossy production and dark pop style. The album tackles the topics of heartbreak, queerness, and love amid nothing being sugar coated with anything they produce. The EP’s tracks, included on the album, exhibited nothing but greatness leading up to the full-length LP. Early promotional singles articulated matters of self-love in “Crying On The Bathroom Floor” and creating safe spaces in “I Know a Place”, a single that doubles as an ode to the victims of the Orlando Pulse shooting. Other noteworthy tracks include “Around U”, “Loudspeaker”, and of course, their breakout single “Winterbreak”.
One of the stand out tracks from the album includes the slow synthwave ballad “If U Love Me Now”. The lyrics are chilling and introspective, making the subdued track impressive and hard hitting with every word. It’s a song about the fear of being unloved, worrying and feeling deserving of somebody. MUNA without a doubt adds a trophy to their case with this song, putting it high on the shelf of released tracks.
About U is beyond just what the name insinuates. It’s about situations everyone has gone through, even when we don’t want to acknowledge it. It is a familiar, yet stimulating take on pop music, with all their voices working together in a stunning sheer blend, making everything atmospheric. It captures the pits and peaks of life in twelve vivid tracks from beginning to end without dissatisfaction to be found.