Munechild, Alone on the Crag
By Robin Ecoeur
My music is just something that I'd love to hear on the radio. I write and record all of the songs, with some engineering help from my friends. I started recording music under Low Mood, when I was super into Joy Division and Beach Fossils. Later on I started to formulate my own sound and that was around the time I recorded Casino. My goals are to play at music festivals and venues across the world, to influence every person with dreams to pursue them, to start making clothes, and to film a couple movies.
Casino was one of the first projects I recorded that I feel expressed a lot of growth. I was in a really, really great place when I recorded that EP. I feel like there's a lot of good vibes attached to that project. I also discovered a lot of new artists during that time, who I feel helped guide me to find my own sound. Mac DeMarco was a huge influence on Casino.
Mune Mentality along with Tsunami, are both going to be on the new album. They both express a reflection of where I've been in the past year. Mune Mentality tells you that I'm trying my best to finish this record, and that I hope I can get it out as soon as possible.
"Walking on the the boardwalk with your loved ones and hearing somber guitar melodies ringing in your head - in which they originate from the Mune".
3rd Opinion: Munechild sounds profoundly alone and on the edge of melting point. This sort of loneliness, pure and beautiful, is almost pastoral. He's managed to assemble a haunting, singular voice, accompanied by jazz chords on a broken-sounding electric guitar, quiet, sputtering with drum loops and a blank wall of reverb. That's Sacramento based Munechild's magic trick; his secret. Amazon Hippie taken from his latest EP Casino further expresses the anxious and contemplative, as though referencing a love long since passed. The pensive guitar lines have something to do with the feeling, perhaps because Isaiah's detached vocals are too plaintive to display the exuberance of romance.
So what about the new track Mune Mentality? First of all, the wall of reverb is gone, leaving space for his voice to be up front rather than hidden in the background. The guitar lines are richer and brighter, echoing bands like Real Estate. And though on Tsunami his vocals are almost too up front, preventing the melody to breath, a sense of profound sadness and melancholy is prevalent throughout his music. It's enjoyable, and that his magic. However, though I enjoy the music, I can't help but feel it misses another trick for me, where I become inspired and amazed.