Suffolk-born folk singer-songwriter, Glenn Munson, has been ensconced in the studio recording songs for his impending EP, but has taken the time to give us an exclusive premiere of is new single “Ode to My Ex”. The track is taken from the EP which is due this October through High Tribe Records.
Check out Glenn’s “Ode to my Ex” right here:
Speaking about the track, Munson says : “”Ode to my Ex”, to me, is about the inner emotional conflicts and the power struggle during the end of a relationship. In those hazy moments where you find yourself revisiting memories you shared and noticing all the red flags and questioning how you managed to ignore them for so long. It’s about the painful realisation that the perfect vision of your partner was a fantasy built up to make the relationship work. The song is ultimately about taking back power and admitting that in all honesty the relationship was broken on all sides and should have been ended much sooner.”
Ahead of our exclusive premiere, we had a quick chat to Glenn about the inspiration behind the track and his music.
Thanks for your time Glenn, could you tell us a little bit of a background to your musical story as an introduction to our readers ?
Glenn: In late 2012 I was unemployed, depressed and had nothing to do but get drunk alone and feel sorry for myself, then one evening I found a busted up guitar that had three strings and none of them could be tuned properly because the tuning pegs were all worn away, but I had nothing better to do so I decided to learn as much as I could on that guitar until I could afford a new one. When I finally did get a new one I was more drawn to songwriting then the actual instrument so wrote about 100 terrible songs that year.
You grew up in Suffolk but moved to London, how have your surroundings influenced your sound?
Glenn: I think that if you grow up in any rural area you will always have that slow paced way of life inside of you, everything there is un-rushed and buses come once a week so you get used to a lot of waiting around. In terms of music, I feel that the rootsy acoustic way that I write my songs is a reflection of where I come from and the melancholic lyrics stem from my experiences and the people I’ve met and un-met during my stay in London. The balance of the two cultures is what’s makes my love songs a little darker than the usual I guess.
What was your first music experience and which artist/album had the biggest impact on your life ?
Glenn: I was never really that into music when I was a teenager, I mean, I liked music but it was more of a backdrop to my drinking and drug taking so my taste was a little different to what I like now, I used to like listening to happy hardcore, people like Scott Brown who had a darker alien sound, but I got really into BBC Live Lounge and Dermot O’Leary‘s Saturday Sessions, they are not iconic albums by any means but they have a lot of cool songs on there. I think after hearing those albums when my sister would listen to them had a big impact that would later lead me to learning an instrument.
You moved to London during a turbulent time in your life, what brought about that move and how did you find it adapting to the dramatic change of scenery ?
Glenn: There were a lot of different elements that seemed to be pushing me out of Suffolk, the main being that I just couldn’t ever see myself being happy there. When I was a child I remember the fields being vast playgrounds and unexplored lands but, when my brain turned into an adult brain, I just saw the fields for what they were, just muddy and isolating. My time in Suffolk came to a climactic end one New Year’s Eve during an event that involved a knife battle and a budgerigar, but that’s a long time ago now and a story for another day.
When I got to London, it was surprisingly peaceful, I slept easier with the police sirens to listen to at night and still have not been murdered to this day, so East London isn’t as dangerous as people like to make out. Other than that, it’s not too different, I’m just closer to takeaways and off-licences are open past 10pm which is something Londoners take for granted.
What can you tell us about the EP, is the track a good indication of what fans can expect from the EP ?
Glenn: The first single is going to be the track “Ode to My Ex” I wrote it about my favourite turned least favourite person, it’s a cynical look back at a relationship that was mostly good up until the end like most relationships are. I really like this song, it’s got all the elements of a self pitying/unrequited love song, but it’s not that at all. I think this is a good sign of what’s to come with the rest of the tracks, they all sound unique production wise but the common element is the sarcastic undertone which was fun to explore and got my mind off of the very real emotions of my actual life.
Thanks for your time, once the EP is out, what are your plans for 2020 ?
Glenn: We’ve already had some radio plays and interest from venue reps with the new material, so I think taking the new sound live would be the next logical step for us, I’m also a bit bored of being seen as the sad/stoic songwriter with an acoustic guitar, for me I just enjoy writing songs and the guitar is mobile and easy to sound check when you’re getting your footing but going forward I’d like to slowly start adding more layers to a live show, maybe pedals and sound effects, eventually lasers and pyrotechnics but that’s the dream.
If you like what you hear from Glenn, check out more of his music on his Spotify page.
Here’s another of Glenn’s heartfelt tracks in the form of “Lost Without Your Love”: