Munya Shares “Tonight, Tonight” Cover From Forthcoming Album

Québécois artist Munya – a.k.a producer, singer, songwriter and performer Josie Boivin – recently announced her long-awaited self-written, self-produced and self-recorded debut album Voyage to Mars, which will be released on November 5th via Luminelle Recordings. Today she shares another taste of the forthcoming record with the surprising and stunning cover of The Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight, Tonight.” Of the track, which follows the previously released “Pour Toi” and “Cocoa Beach,” Boivin says, “My sister shared the ‘Tonight, Tonight’ video with me at a very young age, I vividly remember feeling certain emotions for the first time: longing, sadness and a hopeful melancholy. In a weird way it was also my introduction to exploring space and the infinite possibilities that humans can achieve if they embrace the urgency of now. With everything going on, I felt like it was time to share my love for this song and hopefully inspire a new generation to realize life is a galaxy of endless possibilities, as long as we don’t hesitate and act now.”

With a background in opera and jazz, Munya has always had two big dreams: to be a musician, and…to go to Mars. “I love space. I love aliens. I love thinking that we’re not alone in this big strange universe,” she says. “Those things give me hope.” That hope led to Voyage To Mars, her debut album named for Georges Méliès’ classic silent film Le Voyage dans la Lune. Filled with songs that feel beamed in from another world and suffused with an otherworldly light, Voyage to Mars was entirely recorded in Boivin’s apartment during the pandemic. The longing to be elsewhere is palpable throughout the album, but not with a heavy or melancholic tone: with an expansive and optimistic one. “I believe in humanity,” says Boivin. “I have this lightning inside of me when I think of what we can do together. We can do it with going to space, with medicine, with the vaccine, with all the new technologies. We don’t just have to go to space, we can save this planet too. We can accomplish our dreams, if only we try hard enough and never stop.” It’s this sense of hope that animates Munya’s music. It isn’t cheap or sentimental, but a hard-earned belief in the goodness of people, despite all things. In a world that seems darker by the day, a fierce optimism is the most powerful thing one can possess.