Listen to MUNA's Triumphant Debut Album, 'About U'

Listen to MUNA's Triumphant Debut Album, 'About U'

And the award for Best Album of 2017 so far goes to...

And the award for Best Album of 2017 so far goes to...

Text: Ian David Monroe

After nearly a year of being on our radar, the three rocking ladies of L.A.’s MUNA have finally released their debut album, About U. The 12-track record is an impressively strong debut that effortlessly combines the superficial fun of pop music with complex narratives of relationships, both with others and oneself.

It's for that reason that we have written at length about the band, featuring them in V104, and naming them artists to watch in 2017. With each release, the band refines their aesthetic and manage to avoid era-defining cliches, making for beautiful and timeless work.

With the release of About U, the girls present a bigger picture of their artistry and show that their life experiences—particularly in love—aren't limited. As a result, parts of About U play out like a rollercoaster: from a first kiss (“End of Desire”) to the morning after (“After”), from all-consuming loves (“Everything,” “Crying on the Bathroom Floor”) to liberating breakups (“Around U”). Pop is not well known for its nuances, but there isn’t a single emotion left unexplored on the album.

As a whole, About U is therapeutic. You’ll dance; you’ll cry; you’ll dance while crying. Dichotomies are present throughout (there is a reason MUNA use a rose and chain in promotional imagery).

To accompany the debut, MUNA have also released a music video to their track "I Know A Place," an anthem about the healing power of acceptance and dance floors. The pared down video sees the (impeccably stylish) girls at odds with riot officers. In today's political climate, full of protests, the message couldn't be clearer. There is a spirit of activism that runs throughout the record and it couldn't be clearer than on "I Know A Place," also on "Loudspeaker." The former touches on the horrific shootings at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, and the latter is about shaking off the shame of sexual assault, and expressing your feelings—no matter what they are—proudly.

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