I often hear the famous Toni Morrison quote “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it” modified to speak to the particular need to fill gaps in the library for younger readers. On the premise that there’s supreme value to the book you cling to when you’re around thirteen or fourteen — usually because it provides the therapeutic reassurance that whatever is making you feel different is a boon not a burden — writers of young adult fiction are urged to craft the stories that would have helped them through hard time if only it had existed. Surely that same premise is doubly true for pop songs.
“Silk Chiffon” is the new single from MUNA, and it’s their first on the Saddest Factory label operated by noted music industry magnate Phoebe Bridgers, who proves to be hands-on manager by taking a verse. According to guitarist Naomi McPherson, the deliberate goal of the song is to offer a soundtrack for “kids to have their first gay kiss to.” The track has a nimble sweetness with little bits of buzz around the edges, somewhat reminiscent of the alternative pop of the mid-nineteen-nineties that borrowed just a hint of Soundgarden scuzz to help get noticed. The kids who get to use this for their momentous make-out sessions are very lucky.