South Korean-Australian artist Munan has a new single to share with us this week called ‘Mr. Taxi Driver’,which is another fine example of the cruisy lo-fi/psychedelic-rock sound he’s been crafting.
Munan first began writing this song late last year after re-sampling the drums from one of his previous singles ‘Freak Like Me’, but then had to put everything on-hold for a while as he was forced to find another place to live and set up a whole new studio. Luckily, he has a great crew of creative friends who have been able to help him get this song right where it needed to be, and after a little time and perseverance he’s very satisfied with the result.
“I wrote ‘Mr. TaxiDriver’ late last year after re-sampling the drums from my previous single‘Freak Like Me’ and made it more lo-fi with FX and tape saturations. I am a huge fan of creating songs with a variation of two chords and only a handful of instruments that have been manipulated and squashed into something gritty and colourful. With the help of my friends, we pieced together the song and added the main guitar riff that fits the theme of Mr. Taxi Driver at our friend’s studio.
Finally, with the magic of production, the lo-fi, hazy-psychedelic song that is now ‘Mr. Taxi Driver’ was made, but the song felt like it was still missing something. I then found some inspiration in the song ’Loretta’ by Ginger Root to add some saxophone sections. I visited my friend’s house where we took a few saxophones takes and decided it would be a cool idea to fade out slowly with the sax continuously playing until the end.” ~ Munan
As Munan mentions below, ‘Mr TaxiDriver’ is essentially a song about not being able to get home late at night, but it also has a much deeper message for himself about always making the same mistakes and trying to break bad habits.
“The song is mainly about not being able to get home late at night. The only person you can rely on is the taxi driver. Metaphorically speaking, the taxi driver is the sober “you”. When you’re not yourself and make the same mistakes repeatedly, you beg to yourself to never do it again. But bad habits don’t change.” ~ Munan
Co-Written & Produced by Munan, WONJUN & WJKIM
Mixing by Munan
Mastering by Ohad Nissim
Artwork & Press Photos by RAW FIGURES
Video byRAW FIGURES