Maimuna Memon’s recent debut single ‘Sinner’ added a new element to her multifaceted artistry, which has already see her win The Fringe First Award for her self-written, one-woman show ‘Manic Street Creature’ as well as an Olivier Awardnomination for her role in the Richard Hawley musical ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’. Now she adds another layer to her leftfield pop credentials as she shares her new single ‘Insomnia’. Listen HERE.
With ‘Insomnia’, Maimuna takes us into the intimacy of the small hours with a love interest, the long sleepless nights awakening a wealth of questions and vulnerabilities that remain undisturbed during daylight. Her lyrics mirror her talents as a playwright as she evocatively depicts a situation in which time seems to simultaneously drag on for an eternity and drift by. The voice that made her a stand-out talent in ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’ again shows its class, but here Maimuna proves that she’s just as adept at expressing serene moments of tenderness. It’s also a song which showcases her wider musical talents as she performed every instrument that features on the track.
Maimuna says, “Insomnia. One sleepless night leads to two, two lead to four, four lead to many more. This song is about the intimacy of sharing a bed with someone and what we learn about them during that time. It is about trust and falling in love. It is about allowing someone to see our most vulnerable moments.”
Maimuna wrote ‘Insomnia’ and then co-produced the track with Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Wolf Alice, London Grammar).
Also upcoming on Maimuna’s schedule is the debut London run of ‘Manic Street Creature’, details of which will be unveiled soon. Straddling the boundaries between the worlds of theatre and the music industry, the show documents the process of making an album on stage – a concept album musical. Each song in the show reflects upon a memory of a relationship as well as wider themes of compassion exhaustion and manic depression.