Mundy celebrates the release of ‘Future Nature’ at the Black Cat

Like many DMV natives, Mundy grew up going to the Black Cat. They describe one show in particular as “life-changing”: a gig featuring iconoclastic British punks The Slits and the band’s dynamo vocalist, Ari Up.

“I remember once [Ari] was like, ‘Okay, now everyone, I want you to make your best bird sounds,’ Mundy recalled, adding a “Ca-caw!”

Now it’s Mundy’s turn to bring avian acoustics to the chat, where they’ll be celebrating the release of “Future Nature.” True to its title, the album is suspended between two worlds, with grounded and natural sounds like the chirping of birds as well as fuzzy bass and spatial synth notes that evoke sonic worlds to come.

For Mundy – a self-proclaimed “punk pixie” who lives in the forest – staying connected and surrounded by nature is essential not only to their artistry, but also to their personal actualization. During the pandemic, Mundy started working on farms and became the manager of a flower farm.

They also learned to use the music software that allowed for the fragmentary recording of “Future Nature”. The album features contributions from all over the map, including Parliament Funkadelic players Benzel Cowan and Traf Lewis and main collaborator Kwesi Lee, who Mundy says is one of the only people who can help translate their synesthesia. in songs.

“I’ll bring him a melody and he’ll play a chord with it, and I’ll be like, ‘You know, this needs a little more green and yellow in there,’ so we work well together,” Mundy says. .

“Future Nature” features Mundy’s melodramatic, jazzy vocals and funk-punk-new-wave-soul sound, moving from slow-burning protest anthem “Velvet Revolution” to bass-fueled electro-pop of “My Way” to the synth-soaked, Baltimore club-nodding “Meow Monster”.

The record release show will serve as a re-emergence of Mundy into a burgeoning music scene, but also a celebration of a wide range of local artists, including a DJ set by Farrah Flosscett, a live painting by Lisa Marie Thalhammer and a performance by drag artist Pussy Noir.

“I’m definitely a musician who enjoys creating artistic experiences and an environment for people where they feel safe and empowered to be free — to be the loudest versions of themselves,” Mundy explains.

Empowerment is key for Mundy, who “comes out of the woods” to deliver not only an art-filled dance party, but also peaceful protest vibes.

“We need more light in these dark times, and I really want to uplift people and get everyone on a good frequency so we can stay kind,” Mundy says. “We have to watch out for each other.”

Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. (house open) at The Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20. Proof of vaccination is required.