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Stereo Embers’ TRACK OF THE DAY: Rob Munk’s “Slumber”

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Breaking a 20-year hiatus from releasing music, Rob Munk has roared right back with his brilliant new album Phased Out.

Even with all that time away, Munk—whose old bands Thudpucker and Tinsel found him opening for Guided By Voices, Pavement and the Afghan Whigs—hasn’t lost a step.

His new single “Slumber” is a crunchy blast of indie rock bliss that’s redolent with laconic charm and unexpected longing.

Bringing to mind everyone from Built To Spill to Australia’s late great Soap Star Joe, “Slumber” is as dynamic and hook-laden as it gets.

“Slumber chronicles the challenge of trying to find rest in a time of unrest, peace when you are disturbed,” Munk says. “It’s a plea to go back to a simpler time, before the anxieties that tend to bloom with insomnia were fully justified because things are truly scary. Basically, just let me sleep.”

“There’s been a lot of stuff happening with AI these days,” Munk continues, “but it seemed apt to apply it to the dreamworld where this song lives. We used it as a tool to help bridge that nebulous gap between 1 and 5 in the morning, where the surreal and the hyper-real are almost interchangeable. The imagery added both depth and comedy to a pretty relatable scenario.”


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