Today Vonica is sharing the new video for “Making Music Is” via MXDWN. Vonica’s If You’re New Here Dance EP is out everywhere. In case you missed them, check out the videos for “If You’re New Here Dance (Felix Hot Chip Remix)” (which recently appeared on Acid Stag’s Altered Versions #44) & “Some Swim Some Pray.” The BBC’s Jess Iszatt said that she “really fell in love with this” as she was spinning “Making Music Is” on Introducing In London. Vonica recently did a Backlight Session which featured live performances of “If You’re New Here Dance” & “Swing State.”
Vonica gave some words behind the origin of the single:
“It all started when I first cut together the vocal sample “Making music is to make somebody speak,” which for me opened up so many questions about the essence of music as a form of human communication as well as artistic expression.”
From the ashes of an indie pop band, after a key musical collaborator left music to become a priest instead, solo electronic artist Vonica arose initially in 2018, with debut track “Ai”; the drifting summery beat mash being inspired by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Shortly after the 4 track EP, Sol De Nit, came, spearheaded by bouncy lead track “Swing State”, the video for which can be seen here (dir Beatrix Blaise). Around that time a plethora of hot shows were performed supporting the likes of Baio (Vampire Weekend), Pick a Piper (Caribou) and tik tok sensation Eyedress. A short UK support tour of Friendly Fires was only topped by an epic 1000 capacity rave up with Com Truise at Oval space in east London.
Fast forward through a global pandemic and now in 2022 the long gestating If You’re New Here Dance 4 track EP is due for release on 13th May, led by the addictive eponymous banger, and its evil cousin, the shimmering dancefloor workover, “If You’re New Here Dance – Hot Chip Remix”, courtesy of the cult UK bands drum/synth programming maestro Felix Martin. Another collaboration on the EP brings a female vocal to forthcoming single “Some Swim, Some Pray” courtesy of Sonia Bernardo.
2022 also saw the sad passing of a major inspiration for the music, the actress Monica Vitti. A huge fan of legendary Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, and his muse Monica, Vonica was named after that relationship, and now in the year she has left us, her spirit lives on in this new music.
“A tropical electronic rain forest” – MIX MAG
“Eclectic and endlessly enthralling” – LINE OF BEST FIT
“Absolutely ace” — Stuart Maconie, BBC 6MUSIC
“An extra sensory feast” – CLASH MAGAZINE
“An absolute blast of energy” – 405
Radio support from Steve Lamacq, Don Letts, John Kennedy, plus Radcliffe Maconie.
If You’re New Here Dance
Street Date: May 13, 2022
1. If You’re New Here Dance
2. Some Swim Some Pray (feat. Bernardo)
3. Making Music Is
4. If You’re New Here Dance (Hot Chip remix)