Québécois artist MUNYA – a.k.a producer, singer, songwriter and performer Josie Boivin – recently announced her self-produced EP Blue Pine, as well as a self-titled full length compilation of her EP trilogy, both out March 8th on Luminelle Recordings. Today MUNYA shares “Benjamin,” the second single off of Blue Pineand her first-ever song in both French and English. “Many times in my life when I thought I had found love it turned into heartbreak,” Boivin explains. “Like most people, it has made it harder for me to be vulnerable with new experiences and people. In this song I take a step back and realize it’s how we all feel. I make fun of my own vulnerabilities, try to just push them to the side and enjoy my new love.” Listen to the song HERE.
MUNYA will perform at New Colossus Festival in NYC on March 7th at Berlin, and make her SXSW debut in Austin the following week. Stay tuned for more information and tour dates here: luminellerecs.com/artists/munya
Featuring 2018’s North Hatley and Delmano and the forthcoming Blue Pine EP,MUNYA will release a self-produced EP trilogy in its entirety next month. EntitledMUNYA, the self-titled full-length compilation will be Boivin’s first physical release. Following a series of themes, all three EPs feature Boivin’s stunning hand-drawn artwork, songs in both French and English, and are named for a significant place in MUNYA’s life – North Hatley for a village in Boivin’s native Quebec, Delmano for Hotel Delmano in Williamsburg, and Blue Pine for Twin Peaks’ imaginary Blue Pine Mountains. Both Blue Pine and MUNYA will be released on March 8th on House Arrest/Fat Possum imprint Luminelle Recordings – pre-orderHERE.
MUNYA had only written one song when she was asked to perform at Pop Montrealin September of 2017. Boivin, a classically trained pianist, opera singer, and jazz student, dreamed of making music full time, and playing at the festival made her realize that this was what she was meant to do. She subsequently quit her day job, moved in with her sister and turned their kitchen into a recording studio, where she wrote every day. The result is MUNYA.
Blue Pine, MUNYA’s brightest and most blissful collection of songs to date, follows 2018’s EPs North Hatley (a village in Quebec) and Delmano (named for the Hotel Delmano in Brooklyn) released in October 2018. MUNYA’s songs throughout all three releases are upbeat but ethereal, built around tight, repetitive drums and Boivin’s luminous voice. There’s a lightness to this music, a glimmering simplicity, but with a sense of sadness lurking underneath that gives these songs their true power. “I don’t really understand how I make music,” says Boivin. “I feel like it’s coming from another world.” Other-worldly is an apt descriptor for MUNYA’s music. The songs are at turns playful and melancholy, as catchy as they are strange, light and airy but full of powerful emotion, making for one of the most captivating releases you’ll hear all year.