Move to California is the first slice lifted from Munro’s long awaited debut album slated for 2018. A tune caught half way across the pacific ocean – dreaming of the sun drenched Californian hills, but bound to a life built in Melbourne.
The song comes off the back of Melano’s two independently released EPs (Running Round, Blue Veins), and his co-writing work for ARIA Nominated and Golden Guitar winning Mustered Courage.
Move to California was written over the Melbourne winter. When the sky is grey, and days are short – everybody stays cocooned in front of the heater. Only months before, Munro had farewelled a number of friends who were moving to LA – one friend had just fallen in love, another was chasing the dream job.
They were both taking a leap of faith, adventuring to this place that they had never been, but had always heard about.
The idea that you can jump on a plane and try and escape yourself. But ultimately, Move to California is about those impossible expectations for a place that only really exists in your imagination.
The song’s instrumentation floats between two worlds. Synthesizers and drum machines are strongly influenced by American club music, while the live drums and bass, and a gentle vocal delivery bring the listener back to a laid-back Australian sound.
The live band was recorded at The Aviary Community Hub in Melbourne, and all synthesizers and vocals recorded at home with long-time collaborator – producer Yen Nguyen (Mechanical Pterodactyl, Tim Willis and the End).
The song is accompanied by a music video directed by John Tummino, shot in Munro Melano’s home in Reservoir, Melbourne.