Violents and Monica Martin‘s new single “Unraveling” is an oddly serene and sinking piece of music. Grave simplicity in vocals and production create a song that echoes with the feeling of coming undone. Martin’s airy vocals unwind over sparse keys, a careful piano backing, asking, “Wide-eyed wonder, where did you go?/ I’m unraveling/ Pagan cynic, constant critic, friend to a foe/ I’m unraveling.” The lyrics gracefully explore the juxtapositions and longings that come with any relationship, the irony of wanting and then wanting not. Larson’s instrumentals are melancholy and lovely and lend the five-minute track some definition.
Violents and Monica Martin is composed of vocalist Monica Martin, of Wisconsin outfit Phox, and instrumentalist/producer Jeremy Larson, a classically trained pianist and the founder of the collective Violents. The duo are currently signed to Brooklyn and London based indie label Partisan Records. Violents and Monica Martin’s debut LP, Awake and Pretty Much Sober, will be available April 28 on all major platforms. They’ll play their first New York show, in support of the release, on April 26 at Rough Trade.
Watch Violents and Monica Martin perform “Equal Powers” live in the studio.