MUNA – ” Silk Chiffon “

Posted: June 23, 2022 in MUSIC

MUNA have glided right to a new height in their career. Amidst their success, the trick became following up their highest-charting smash with an album not just worthy of the renewed acclaim, but of themselves. “It’s a delicate dance because to enjoy it, you want to be able to receive the love when you’re getting it,” lead singer Katie Gavin says. “But I also don’t want to have that dark side of now I have to do the same thing so that they still like me. That’s actually kind of the name of the fucking game: Not making this about our own validation.”

“Life’s so fun/ Life’s so fun.” Muna indeed seem to be rollerskating through life right now. On a road paved by their hit single “Silk Chiffon” (featuring their new label boss, Phoebe Bridgers), the indie pop trio have glided right to a new height in their career.

Just two years ago, Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin, and Naomi McPherson didn’t even have a label. RCA, which had released their first two albums, dropped them during the pandemic. Though the split wasn’t what you’d call amicable, it wasn’t acrimonious either; Gavin notes their single “Anything But Me” — a breakup song with “a lot of joy” in it — reflects how she sees the “uncoupling.”

“I think with a major label, there are a certain set of guidelines that they would normally prescribe to in marketing a band,” adds Maskin. “And especially when we were first coming up,

Bridger’s indie startup Saddest Factory gave them “a lot more leeway,” and one that proved instantly successful. Gavin says it was a “blessing” to have “Silk Chiffon” . Muna were still writing what would become their self-titled LP (out Friday, June 24th) when the single arrived. The trick then became following up their highest-charting smash with an album not just worthy of the renewed acclaim, but of themselves.

There are multiple co-writers on the album (and even horns contributed by Joy Oladokun) who are called out in the credits for “achieving the rare feat of co-writing with Katie.” Gavin laughs at the description, readily accepting that she struggles to “construct a lyric and melody in the presence of other people.” With Mitski, though, it was an honour.

“I remember when I first played the verse and chorus on acoustic guitar, I think the first thing she said was like, ‘That’s hot,’” Gavin recalls, noting that Mitski is among her all-time favourite songwriters. “To me, she’s also like one of the sexiest songwriters of all time. There’s such a raw sexuality that she [writes with]. So it was cool when we were spit balling about the second verse to be able to see her as this North Star of like, ‘That’s cheesy,’ or, ‘No, that’s hot and that works for me.’ Like that’s… I just wanted to turn Mitski on.”

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