‘New Utopia’ is the brand new laidback single from Michigan-based duo Monroe Moon. A dreamy, relaxing, and introspective little number, the track was recorded at the famous Local Legend Recording Studio in the band’s home city of Grand Rapids. It’s a tune that perfectly fits with what we just love the most at Indie Top 39 – genre-blending sweetness and an original and refreshing soundscape.
Gentle acoustic guitarwork, an almost trip-hop drumbeat, and mellow piano melodies meet the angelic and ethereal vocals of Bunny Monroe, as the band immerse you in their spaced-out world. With a wide-ranging set of influences, including the likes of The Smiths, Stone Roses, Chopin, and Beck, Monroe Moon have beautifully crafted a unique, rich, and delicate sound that is theirs and theirs alone. I and the Indie Top 39 team cannot wait to hear what next this talented outfit has to offer us!
‘New Utopia’ is one of the most enticing, most laidback, and most dreamy tunes that we’ve heard this year! INDIE TOP 39
What does the song mean to you?
This song is a feeling of being lost and losing others to ideas and dreams. Sometimes getting lost in our dreams is good and sometimes you never make it back out.
Tell us about your creative process and how the song came to be.
Theo Malkin’s brother Warren, an artist of many talents and mediums in his own right, came to the US from England to visit after 10 years. This song was the natural collaboration between brothers. Lots of love, wine, intellectual discussions, and give and take.
What does success mean to you?
Success to us is personal happiness, which can obviously be elusive. We try to live an intentional life with our family at the centre. We try to keep ourselves, our minds, here and now and to take pleasure in the current moment. Music is part of that equation for us for all the gifts it gives. We feel honoured and very lucky that we get to share any part of it with others.
Please finish the sentence – Music to me is…
Warren: Like breathing underwater. All this music exists already in the Æther around us, all this math and pattern. When music and melody come together for me, it feels like I have found myself submerged in new water or air and if I don’t panic, I find that I can take a breath.