Whether drenched in crystalline synths or stripped bare, Claude Munson aims to write songs that tackle modern life and love with radical intimacy.

“‘Broken Stairs'” is about wanting to run away but having nowhere to go. I’m singing about questioning my past and reflecting on mistakes I made. As that happens, I begin to feel the need to break out and escape reality. In that state, I ask myself to be aware of the people around me and myself. It is a personal lesson about the enticement of love and detaching yourself from love when it does not prevail.

We chose the concept of getting lost in your own city for the “Broken Stairs” video. I was inspired by teenage memories of walking and hiking around Ottawa and Hull with my friends. We would go out and discover graffiti walls, and abandoned things like the old train tracks that cross the Ottawa river and bridge Ontario and Quebec.”

‘The Silence Came After’ is Munson’s second album out now via Ottawa’s Record Centre Records. Produced by Scattered Clouds’ Philippe Charbonneau and engineered by Sebastien Perry, The Silence Came After is equal parts lush and spare, marrying the naked soul of 70’s era Neil Young with Talk Talk’s spacious expressionism, and Krautrock’s motoric rhythms. The record also features members of Little Scream, Scattered Clouds, Bosveld, and FET.NAT.