Indeed, today’s inauguration isn’t really anything to celebrate – not sorry, Donald Trump – but at least we have music, right?
I’m certainly thankful for music during these trying times. Another thing I’m grateful for? MUNA! The wonderfully fierce queer trio have had a very solid streak thus far in their rise to pop fame, from the undeniably nostalgic-feeling of “I Know A Place” – last week’s Song of the Week – to “Loudspeaker” and February’s gloomy dance floor tearjerker “Winterbreak.”
But if you thought that song brought on the waterworks, just wait for “Crying On The Bathroom Floor,” the latest promotional single off of their upcoming debut LP, About U — and possibly their best song yet.
MUNA are very capable of delivering beautifully heartbreaking dream-pop, they’ve done it already (“Winterbreak“), but this is heartbreak on a whole other level. The icy electro-ballad builds slowly in the speakers, sort of like a classic Giorgio Moroder synth-driven throb blended with Robyn‘s “Dancing On My Own.” “But when I’m crying on the bathroom floor/ Tearing off the dress I wore, I wonder/ If I could never ask for more/ If I’m never gonna ask for more from a lover/ Crying on the bathroom floor,” lead vocalist Katie Gavin quivers above the euphoric, four-to-the-floor synthesized pulsations. It’s gorgeous and vulnerable, and everything I needed to hear today. PRAISE MUNA!!
“We wrote ‘Crying on the Bathroom Floor‘ while we were reading and writing and thinking and talking about the concept of traumatic bonding,” Katie said in a statement. “Traumatic bonding refers to the phenomenon of survivors in abusive relationships forming strong attachments to their abusers. This attachment plays out on a physical, biochemical level throughout the cycle of abuse, akin to the highs and the withdrawals of a drug addiction. We were interested here in trying to portray the nuanced inner-struggle that comes with being mistreated. Many times we are asked to be uncompromising and unforgiving in the face of abuse; what this doesn’t allow space for is the discussion of why it can be incredibly hard for so many of us to do so. There is a commonly circulated statistic that on average, a woman in an abusive relationship will try to leave seven times before she leaves for good. What this saddening figure shines a light on is how pervasive hateful speech and behavior can be; if we are forced to take it from someone else on a daily basis, soon it becomes part of our inner dialogue.”