OUT: Album 'Snake Island' by Mona Mur
Mona Mur returns to her industrial roots, harder and more sinister than ever Marching in merciless beats and tempests of iron guitar, after a life of musical vagabondage, Berlin-based Mona Mur returns to her industrial roots, harder and more sinister than ever.
Welcome to Snake Island. Explaining the origin of the title, the artist states, “I came across a story about a small island off the Brazilian shores, where twenty-thousand snakes dwell — deadly poisonous vipers. They sleep nine months, then awaken only when a certain species of bird stops by to breed. So, the snakes eat them and survive. The snakes are everywhere. They’ve killed three lighthouse keepers so that the lighthouse is abandoned now.”
Mona continues, “I imagined myself living on that island, maybe even as one of the snakes.” Carried away by the total freedom of her imagination, Mona Mur has experienced great liberation on Snake Island, the perfect setting to unite 10 melancholy doomy, romantic and apocalyptic songs –– including two covers –– celebrating the death of late capitalism and sonically defined by harsh guitars, exquisite electronic mazes and bewitching melodies.
With the assistance of friend and collaborator Goldkind, Mona has created an expressive record full of mysticism and what she describes as “the doomiest heaviest dark flowery romantic dystopic music channeled into the world.”
After four decades of producing albums collaboratively, Snake Island succinctly sums up Mona’s work as a solo artist. So, what’s next? “I follow my path, no matter what. This might be my last record, might be not. I don't know and I don’t care.”