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A sophisticated synth-pop trio, Los Angeles' MUNA came to wide attention in 2016 with their infectious single "I Know a Place." The song peaked in the Top 40 of the Billboard Adult Pop Music chart, paving the way for their 2017 full-length debut About U.
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. Co-produced by the band and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Lana Del Rey), and featuring the single "I Know a Place," it reached the Top Ten of Billboard's Heartseekers Albums chart. A follow-up non-album single, "In My Way," arrived in September of that year, just as they joined Harry Styles on tour. In 2019, the trio returned with a more heavy-hearted sophomore full-length, Saves the World. ~ Rich Wilson