Queer dream pop trio MUNA have written odes to LGBTQ safe spaces and abuse survivors, but their new single, “In My Way” from their debut album “About You,” tackles a somewhat lighter subject — modern relationship culture. Thankfully, it’s no less poignant. The song is about the panic and vertigo of falling for someone when all you’ve been trying to do is have a light and breezy fling: “When it unfurls / It’s a sick, sad world / But I’m your girl, even when I’m not your girl / I’m not afraid to say / I love you in my way,” sings frontwoman Katie Gavin.
In a recent interview, Gavin told Noisey that the song came from discussions she’d had with her peers about what it means to have sex, fall in love and be in a relationship today. “I was basically exploring where we can find tenderness in a time when, in some ways, it is celebrated to be able to have physical connections without [an] emotional connection,” she says. “And I wanted to see if I could make a song that made vulnerability sound—not super scary, but something that could be fun.”
The accompanying homemade video is a nostalgia-laced look back at their own trip to San Francisco, where they placed the Outside Lands Festival. “For me, in my life, a lot of [those rich relationships] has just been from my best friendships. And I feel like the video is just a celebration of that,” says Gavin. Soon, the indie darlings will be opening for Harry Styles on his first solo world tour: a good thing for all the potential fans out there.
Have a look and listen below!