Norway’s Mono Martian’s sensitively unpacks the lasting impact of toxic relationships

Mono Martian‘s latest single ‘Wicked Ways’ is a melancholic yet mesmerizing song that showcases the artist’s ability to create a unique atmosphere through minimalist production and instrumentation. The track, which was produced in the artist’s studio in Bergen, Norway, features moving and realistic vocals that perfectly capture the feeling of hopelessness that characterizes toxic relationships.

As Mono Martian himself explains, “Through this song, I try to capture the feeling of hopelessness that characterizes people in relationships that have become toxic. The feeling of trying to save something that cannot be saved, and the struggle of finally accepting it after all. Downswings in relationships are unfortunately something that most people recognize and can empathize with, and I am no exception. Sometimes it’s nice to bathe in this melancholy and be present within this state of mind. The process of making music also works as therapy for me.”

As a songwriter, Mono Martian draws inspiration from a variety of styles and eras, ranging from Angelo Badalamenti to Elvis, and you can hear that timeless quality throughout ‘Wicked Ways’. Not only does this stylistic choice present the listener with a soothing and pensive track, but it also demonstrates how the all-too-human problems surrounding love and heartbreak echo through the ages. That being said, the Norwegian musician still imparts his distinct identity onto the soundscape, one that straddles a minimalist approach to production and deeply emotional lyricism. As a result, the sensitively portrayed narrative captures our full attention while the atmospheric backdrop grounds the listening experience.

Overall, ‘Wicked Ways’ is an understated, evocative and relatable piece of music that is sure to resonate with anyone who has experienced the struggles of a toxic relationship.

You can also listen to ‘Wicked Ways’ in our Indie Rockers playlist.

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