Ears Wide Open: MUNA



“We’re the girls at the party crying while smashing up the dance floor,” MUNA says by way of introduction. Indeed, the L.A. trio of Josette Maskin, Naomi McPherson and Katie Gavin infuse their synth-pop with a brooding self-awareness, fully on display on the new single “So Special.” It’s the follow-up to their 2014 EP “More Perfect” and a self-produced affair that places MUNA in the same orbit with gloom-poppers such as Zola Jesus and MS MR. After all, the new single’s chorus is made for sad dancing: “Now I know I’m not so special / Cause I’m all dressed up / And you think that I’m beautiful / But it’s not enough.” Like a lot of people on the dance floor, they’re searching for something beyond the superficial.

||| Stream: “So Special”