By Jack Barnes
Chicago-born and Los Angeles-based songstress Monica Martin releases her debut solo single, “Cruel.” Packing a lo-fi punch, the track pairs dreamy production with a razor sharp narrative, recounting a love collapsing under its own weight. Produced by Eg White (Adele, Florence & The Machine, Sam Smith) the songs delicate delivery brims with soul and spirit. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
“You can equip your lover with the truth, but they might still lie to themselves,” Monica says of “Cruel,” “there is a point where, if you know they aren’t going to manage their expectations as a grown ass person, you’re cruel to not call the incompatibility and leave…”
It also paves the way for the arrival of her forthcoming debut EP, dropping very soon.
Monica Martin has bewitched listeners everywhere with a quirky and quixotic take on pop since 2012. She fronted PHOX as the group became an indie phenomenon whose resume included prime festival spots and late-night television appearances. She joined forces with Violents in 2017 to release “Awake” and “Pretty Much Sober” and relocated to Los Angeles to begin work on her own project later that year. She has attracted acclaim from NPR, The New York Times, Consequence of Sound, and more.
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