MUNA drops a new song titled Stayaway. Accompanied by the music video, the record is the third single off the group’s upcoming sophomore album Saves the World.
The clip shows Gavin and her bandmates — guitarist Josette Maskin and keyboardist Naomi McPherson — perform in a bar and encounter a former lover, only to reverse their steps and return home. “I don’t do most things I used to do,” Gavin sings, “‘Cause every moment is a fork in the road and all my roads lead back to you.”
“‘Stayaway’ is a song about trying to rid yourself of a negative pattern and realizing that it requires you to make a whole network of other changes, like pulling at a small weed to reveal a dense and mighty root system,” the trio said in a statement. “If we try to just rip the pattern out on its own, maybe it will stay gone for a little while, but soon enough it will grow back because it’s supported by all the other things we do and how we do them — by our way of life.”
“Staying away for good requires a careful dismantling and reconstruction of the whole root system, down to the way we think,” the band continues. “For us, today, this song is a reminder of how hard it once was. We listen to it and feel free, proud, and grateful.”
If I see my old friends, we’ll go out dancing
If we go out dancing, then we’ll go to the bar
If we go to the bar, then there’s gonna be drinking
If I drink, I wanna see where you are
So I don’t see my old friends, I don’t go dancing
I don’t do most things I used to do
Actually, now that I’m thinking about it
I did most things to get to you
Peep the visuals below.