Hailing from our nationâ€™s capital,Â MisunÂ is self-described three-piece â€œaquawaveâ€ electropop outfit. The new album produced by NaceyÂ (of Nouveau Riche and Starks & Nacey fame)Â will pull you in with its downtempo, lovelorn sound and singer Misunâ€™s soul-infused vocals. Today the group’s debut albumÂ The Sea is out viaÂ T&A RecordsÂ as a free download. And to sweeten the pot, we’re premiering Steve Starks‘ remix of the title track that really kicks it up a notch. Starks takes it from a blissed out summer tune and turns it into a brazen big room electro jam. Take a listen to the full album stream and Starks’ remix below, as well as my chat with the group about their new album.
Nancy Lu: How did you guys meet and decide to start collaborating?
The three of us met two years ago at Science Club, a spot in Dupont Circle. Misun (our vocalist) was waitressing and both Will and Nacey DJ there, so we’d see each other a lot. Once we heard Misun’s voice it wasn’t long before we started to meet regularly at Nacey’s bedroom studio on U Street.
NL: How do you guys split the work when it comes to production, lyrics, etc?
We’ve been pretty lucky as far as how easy it’s been working together – many of the songs on the EP came together in an afternoon. When we meet, the first thing we do is figure out what mood we’re in, and what kind of vibe we want to go with during that session. After that it’s really a free-for-all: Misun’s writing down lyrics while Will’s comping on the guitar and Nacey’s creating a synth. And it’s pretty common for us to jump in with ideas on what each other is doing.
NL: Can you describe what “aquawave” is?
It’s funny we got that label, but it fits for now. Â A lot of the EPÂ has summer / beach themes, so we’re not mad at it. Â We had one friend
ask how we got the ‘underwater guitar sound’ on ‘July,’ … maybeÂ it’ll stick.
NL: We first got a glimpse of Misun last summer with the single “July.” Why did you wait til 2012 to release the debut album?
Back then we were writing for fun, and didn’t have a clear goal of where we were going with the group. But after recording more and getting some positive feedback from friends, we wanted to take Misun seriously. To reinforce: we’re responding to the interview questions in a rehearsal space with no AC and it’s 103 degrees outside, so we’ve definitely shifted gears!
NL: What can we expect from Misun in the future?
We’re about halfway through recording our second release which we’re planning to put out in the fall. Since a few of the tracks on the EP leaked on The Fader and RCRD LBL, we’ve had other artists reach out to us for remixes, and vocal features/collaborations, so we’re excited about trying that as well. “The Sea” Remix EP (also on T&A) comes out July 31st, which features Steve Starks, Cousin Cole, Gavin Holland, Londres, William DeVon and Billy the Gent.
NL: Can you describe what your live show at U St Music Hall will be like on July 19th?
We’re really stoked about performing at UHall, it’s like a second home and a perfect place for our first show. We’ve added a cellist and might have a few surprises that night. Overall our live sound is pretty true to the EP – dancey, fun and with a lot of variety.