Photography by Alexa Johnson
Every morning, my inbox becomes a cluttered sea of PR emails “clueing me into” the next best thing in music, so when that rare independent straggler comes my way with a $0 budget and an exceptional song, I’m reminded why I’ve chosen this career. Meet LA-based queer girl band MUNA: a rising three-part outfit that’s discovered pop music’s sweet spot, where glistening synth sounds collide with compelling melodies and pensive lyrics. After releasing their debut EP, More Perfect, the trio took a year-long break to hone their production skills and sonic aesthetic. Now, they’re back and readying a rollout of tracks from a forthcoming sophomore project.
MUNA refers to their standout single, “So Special,” as a “drunken reckoning of oneself.” Sonically, the track rides in a similar lane to sister group HAIM, brimming with irresistibly honest vocals and an ’80s dance meets backyard rock approach. “We like to think of it as an anthem for the slut-shamed girls of the world who have to assert their own value,” MUNA said. “Sometimes via smashing up the dance floor at a party you got ditched at.” There’s nothing more heart-wrenching than crying at a club, and “So Special” provides the soundtrack to this cinematic scenario—listen to the premiere below and imagine yourself in a Blockbuster film’s final slow-motion scene, where you’re hysterically sprinting down a sunlit road and shamelessly flaunting your ugly cry face.