The Loudspeaker EP by MUNA on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Fresh out of college, this L.A. band sounds plucked from another time: the neon-glowing, soft-rocking '80s, to be exact. There's a touch of Wilson Phillips in their relationship-analysing pop, and singer Katie Gavin uses her brooding vocals as a rhythmic element, accentuating every last syllable. She remains boldly unapologetic on bubbly synth gems "Loudspeaker" and "Promise", and her bandmates sound equally unabashed. Their glossy production and slick drum programming cast a seductive R&B glow over the proceedings, particularly moody ballad "Winterbreak", which details the masochistic thrill of one last kiss

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fresh out of college, this L.A. band sounds plucked from another time: the neon-glowing, soft-rocking '80s, to be exact. There's a touch of Wilson Phillips in their relationship-analysing pop, and singer Katie Gavin uses her brooding vocals as a rhythmic element, accentuating every last syllable. She remains boldly unapologetic on bubbly synth gems "Loudspeaker" and "Promise", and her bandmates sound equally unabashed. Their glossy production and slick drum programming cast a seductive R&B glow over the proceedings, particularly moody ballad "Winterbreak", which details the masochistic thrill of one last kiss

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About MUNA

Formed at the tail-end of 2013 by vocalist Katie Gavin, guitarist/vocalist Naomi McPherson, and guitarist/vocalist Josette Maskin, who met while studying at the University of Southern California, MUNA quickly put together their debut EP, More Perfect. Released in mid-2014, the EP brought together their love of '80s new wave and synth pop, R&B, and modern left-field pop. The trio spent the next year writing new material -- signing to RCA in the U.S. and National Anthem in the U.K. in the process -- before releasing their sophomore EP, Loudspeaker, in May 2016. By the end of the year, MUNA had recorded their debut album, with the resulting About U appearing in early 2017. It was co-produced by the band and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Lana Del Rey.) A follow-up non-album single, "In My Way," arrived in September of that year. ~ Rich Wilson

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