Muna Ileiwat’s new track “Call Me In” is out now via Galang.
Muna Ileiwat’s second release is at once a lament and a warning. “Don’t call me in / Call again, call me in” she sings, over a backing that alternates between stripped-back, delicately plucked acoustic guitar, haunting single-note keys, and brooding, building electronic samples.
Simplifying the percussive elements of the song in comparison to her first single “Baby”, Ileiwat’s lyrics show a more weighted vulnerability this time round. Impactful use of vocal layering techniques and electronic samples bring a darkness that contrasts with the sweetness of Muna Ileiwat’s voice, adding to the track’s genre-spanning nature. Fusing elements of R&B, indie and alternative pop, she creates a sound that’s both immensely palatable and distinct enough to be uniquely hers.
Releasing her tracks through Galang, a label/collective she co-founded to provide a platform for female and non-binary artists of colour, Ileiwat is part of a wider movement aiming toward expressive and creative freedom and equality. Now London-based, she was born in New Jersey and spent part of her life living in the Netherlands. Drawing on this wealth of cultural influence, she infuses her music with it; giving her songwriting a depth that encompasses her experiences. A very worthy project led by a driven, interesting young artist. Both Galang and Muna Ileiwat are one’s to keep an eye on.