New Track: Miss Grit – ‘Lain (phone clone)’

An anime-inspired, alt-pop tune that explores the duality of self perception, New York-based, Korean-American musician Margaret Sohn aka Miss Grit has shared their latest single, ‘Lain (phone clone)’. Taken from their upcoming debut album, Follow The Cyborg, which is set for release on 24th February via Mute Records, Sohn’s latest offering is another altruistic mix of cinematic electronics, ultra clear vocals and glitchy beats.

“I feel like the divide between my inner and outer self can grow so big sometimes that it feels like I’m being eclipsed by this big cringey monster,” Sohn explains about the conflicting states that informed their new track. “I wanted to write this to mock the monster and remind myself I’m not powerless against it.” Taking cues from the anime Serial Experiments Lain (Yasuyuki Ueda) – which centers around a girl whose online self attempts to drag her physical self away from reality – ‘Lain (phone clone)’ is Sohn’s musical interpretation of this push-and-pull scenario.

As a mixed-race, non-binary artist, Sohn has always used their art in order to explore, connect with, and understand their own identity further. Their self-released 2021 EP, Impostoraddressed a “life-long journey through racial impostor syndrome,” whilst their Talk Talk EP tackled the complexities of relationships.

Intrigued by the duality of android life, Sohn’s upcoming full length record was heavily inspired by films such as HerEx Machina, and Ghost in the Shell, as well as essays by Jia Tolentino (from Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion) and Donna Horroway’s A Cyborg Manifesto. They continue to find new ways of dismantling these concepts on their latest offering ‘Lain (phone clone), adding more evocative and stimulating electronic soundscapes to their impressive repertoire.

Watch the video for ‘Lain (phone clone)’ below.

Pre-order Follow The Cyborg the debut album from Miss Grit here

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Photo Credit: Hoseon Sohn

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Miss Grit – ‘Follow The Cyborg’

A glitchy, altruistic exploration of autonomy and purpose, New York-based, Korean-American musician Margaret Sohn aka Miss Grit has shared their latest single, ‘Follow The Cyborg’. The title track from their upcoming debut album, which is set for release on 24th February 2023 via Mute Records, Sohn’s latest offering is another experimental blend of electrifying riffs and crystalline synths that question what it means to be human in these disconnected times, featuring percussion from Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa.

As a mixed-race, non-binary artist, Sohn has always used their art in order to explore, connect with, and understand their own identity further. Their self-released 2021 EP, Impostoraddressed a “life-long journey through racial impostor syndrome,” whilst their Talk Talk EP tackled the complexities of relationships. On previous single ‘Like You’ and with their new offering ‘Follow The Cyborg’, Sohn continues to dismantle their identity from a different angle, this time through “the path of a non-human machine, as it moves from its helpless origin to awareness and liberation.”

Intrigued by the complexities of android life, Sohn’s upcoming full length record was heavily inspired by films such as Her, Ex Machina, and Ghost in the Shell, as well as essays by Jia Tolentino (from Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion) and Donna Horroway’s A Cyborg Manifesto. ‘Follow The Cyborg’ also appears on the album twice, performed in English as well as in Korean (‘사이보그를 따라와’), which is Miss Grit’s second language.

Their new single is accompanied by a beautiful cinematic video, directed by Curry Sicong Tian and starring Miss Grit. “I wanted to place my body in the cyber world, allowing the different variations of my ghost to move about freely,” Sohn explains. “I wanted to look a little freakish, unrecognizable to myself to avoid my instinctive filtration.”

Watch the video for ‘Follow The Cyborg’ below.

Pre-order Follow The Cyborg the debut album from Miss Grit here

Follow Miss Grit on bandcamp, Spotify, Instagram & Facebook

Photo Credit: Hoseon Sohn

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut