Lunavela – aka New Zealand singer, songwriter and former Collapsing Cities frontman Steve Mathieson – shares new single ‘Six-Out-Of-Ten-Friend‘, a 90s influenced indie dream with deadpan, observational lyrics, celebrating weirdly uncomfortable social encounters.
Speaking of the track, Steve says: “Six-Out-Of-Ten Friend is not a misanthropic song, it’s more a celebration of setting better boundaries with people who don’t get you and laughing about social awkwardness. Y’know celebrating that awkward conversation of small talk in the pet food aisle of Tesco with an ex-work colleague, music punisher or an ex-girlfriend’s husband. This is my idea of a pop song”.
Featuring drummer Alistair Deverick (Boycrush) and bassist Hannan Carter (Steriogram, NO), the new single comes ahead of a full album release, ‘Imposter Syndrome’, later this year. The upcoming album is a mixture of bruised pop songs celebrating universal themes; sexuality, sobriety and sad tearjerkers. Steve credits getting sober as the driving force for writing songs again, admitting that making the second Collapsing Cities album proved challenging, he is happy to be in love with the process of making music again and is enjoying the creative freedom of working on his own.
“My M.O with songwriting on this project is to make you feel something in some form whether that’s make you smile, laugh, cry, sing along, resent me, whatever. It’s taken me so long to do this album as it’s all self-funded, I’m so proud of it, grateful for the people who helped and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” enthuses Steve.