We’re going Beyond The Strait to get to know Mone, a “dark folk” singer-songwriter based in Berlin. She recently released her latest single, “Crocodile Kisses”, the title track from her upcoming debut album. We had a Q&A to learn more about her new song, her influences, and what’s next.
From The Strait: Tell us about your new single, “Crocodile Kisses”. What was the inspiration for the song, and the video?
Mone: Crocodile Kisses is a song where hope, disillusion and memory come together in a story about a baby dove, a crow and two lovers tumbling downstairs. It’s put together from conversations I had, diary-writings and fantasy. It comes from a dark place in which love feels like a burden, a dead horse being dragged behind you. The video for it was shot in a taxidermy workshop. To me taxidermy symbolizes the hardship of letting go of someone you love.
FTS: How would you describe your music and artistry to someone who has never heard your songs before?
Mone: Expressive, dark and honest. I try to dive deep into myself and through my songs, express all the different characters and feelings I find there.
FTS: Who were you musical influences growing up, and how do they differ from your influences now?
Mone: Some of my influences growing up were Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Rickie Lee Jones and Chet Baker. They still influence me now, but are complemented with more contemporary artists like Big Thief and Aldous Harding and slightly more obscure artists like Cocorosie and Soap&Skin.
FTS: If you weren’t making music, what else would you choose as a career?
Mone: I’d like to think I’d be a philosopher.
FTS: What’s next for you?
Mone: I am in the process of mixing my debut album, of which Crocodile Kisses is the first single, at The Famous Gold Watch Studio in Berlin. The album will be released in fall 2020. Also, I’m preparing the release of the next singles and I’m going on tour at the end of April (though that might be postponed because of the current situation). These are exciting times, in many ways.
Check out the video for Mone’s new single, “Crocodile Kisses”!