Benjamin Muñoz has created a complex, layered song that revolves around the concept of ennui– something that is lightly touched on in music. In said song, titled “Dear Ennui,” we hear indistinguishable but undeniably calming vocals shooting back and forth between male and female voices, over a math-y and light percussive beat and an ocean-like sonic waves. Apparently, this track was inspired by anime.
Here’s what “ennui” means to Benjamin Muñoz:
Ennui is commonly understood as spiritual boredom. It is a theme touched on in many anime but one in particular, Cowboy Bebop, casts it in a unique light. While watching Cowboy Bebop, ennui took on a bit more of a subtle meaning to me, that being; a sentiment or feeling surrounding the fact that there is no meaning to life, unless one chooses otherwise. This idea inspired my new track “Dear Ennui.” The vocals are meant to be an inner dialogue between myself and the personification of ennui (the female voice). As an extension, the cover artwork that I designed depicts ennui as a female version of myself.
“Dear Ennui” is off of his upcoming EP, which will be out on Havn Records tomorrow.