Following single ‘Ready Yet’, Mokita is back with more of his emotionally in-tune pop. This time it’s ‘Sleepwalking’, a great collaboration with Mike Kinsella from American Football.
Kinsella brings about the rural feel of Mokita’s small town upbringing in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley with those Americana strings, while Mokita shows a mature-yet-innocent approach to life through those open lyrics and endearing vocals.
“‘Sleepwalking’ is about wrestling with purpose and is more a song about questions then it is about answers. I think everybody struggles with purpose and asks a lot these deeper questions, especially as they get older. I was playing with this open baritone guitar tuning, and the guitar riff that happens throughout the song was the first thing that I wrote. I had the title, and some rough melodies, and a general idea about the lyrics, but once I showed the song to my buddy Trent Dabbs, we ironed out the rest of the song. I didn’t necessarily intend to have the track be so minimal, but it just didn’t feel like it wanted more in the production. It started with this droning note that floats throughout the whole song, and then I did a one take of the entire guitar part, which gave it this imperfection that made it feel more real. I had been talking to Mike Kinsella of American Football about possibly collaborating on a song, so I had sent him ‘Sleepwalking’ and the guitars just gave the song exactly what it was missing. I’m a huge fan of his guitar playing and just a fan of his in general, so needless to say I was so pumped to have Mike involved. I’m really proud of how the song turned out.”
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