This week we have a crush on Christchurch artist MOUSEY with her upbeat indie rock infused track ‘The Bench’ from her to be released album “My Friends” - to be released in early 2022, Sarena Close (MOUSEY) shows no signs of stopping with this fresh new track and we couldn't be more excited about it.
Through her work, MOUSEY cherishes the art of communicating the human experience above all else and does so with a strong sense of melody and emotionally raw sincerity. Even with notable indie, rock, pop and folk influences, Sarena’s distinct sound defies the restrictions of genre and her music provides a unique and powerful insight into this wonderful and confusing world.
The album is focused on her friends and the relationships she has with them, the intention was to create a piece of work focused on something other than her family which resulted in the album name “My Friends’ being chosen before any songs were written. Initially hoping the album was going to be light, cute and wholesome, that soon changed after the creative process began given complex battles and mental health struggles that were endured. Even though there are many “sweet” songs on the record, Sarena mentions that the year was really hard and some of her long-time friends left her with some nasty scars - which the record reflects. While her last album was about ‘being let down and being a let-down’, this album is about ‘being let down but being loved.’
Speaking on the track’s creative process for the newest single MOUSEY said: “The first incarnation of The Bench was written on my couch. I wanted to make something with crazy high energy by experimenting with key changes to add intensity and it totally worked. The verse chords/melody just fell out and as usual I got addicted to playing it, singing it in the shower, humming it all at the supermarket etc. The song has a sort of charming rage boiling inside it. All of my bad experiences and frustrations with boys needed a constructive outlet, and this song is it.”
We’ve explored MOUSEY’s sunny pop-folk sound in her previous releases, and we are very much looking forward to diving deeper into multifaceted artist Sarena Closes’ new work.