Mura Masa debuts “Teenage Headache Dreams”

Mura Masa has shared the new single “Teenage Headache Dreams” featuring Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice
“Teenage Headache Dreams” by Mura Masa featuring Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice

Mura Masa has shared the new single “Teenage Headache Dreams” featuring Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice. The song is off his forthcoming release R.Y.C (Raw Youth Collage), which drops January 17, via Geffen Records. Mura Masa will embark on a global headline tour for 2020 – including dates at London’s Alexandra Palace, Boston’s House of Blues, Philadelphia’s Union Transfer, Washington’s Fillmore and New York’s Brooklyn Steel.

“Teenage Headache Dreams” was written and performed by Mura Masa and Ellie Rowsell in response to some of the album’s central themes—nostalgia, memory, youth, hope—it’s the song that Mura Masa believes might contain the album’s ultimate message; the fact that (he says) “it’s possible to feel happy even if it means relying on something that isn’t necessarily true, or is half-imagined, or might not even have happened at all. If we can find a shared remembrance of a good time, we’re more likely to be able to find that again. A little bit of escapism is healthy.” Or as “Teenage Headache Dreams” puts it: “seems like the good time’s over / but nothing’s really over anymore / Just take control.“

Mura Masa—23-year-old songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Crossan—grew up on the tiny, remote British isle of Guernsey. His music pays homage to and inverts new wave, punk, folk and 90s rave, thoroughly investigating nostalgia as a concept. Crossan has also collaborated and shared stages with artists as disparate and acclaimed as A$AP Rocky, Christine & The Queens, Charli XCX and NAO, and been an early celebrator of Slowthai, Octavian, Koffee, Perfume Genius and many others.


1. R.Y.C
2. No Hope Generation
3. I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again (with Clairo)
4. a meeting at an oak tree (with Ned Green)
5. Deal Wiv It (with slowthai)
6. vicarious living anthem
7. In My Mind
8. Today (with Tirzah)
9. Live Like We’re Dancing (with Georgia)
10.Teenage Headache Dreams (with Ellie Rowsell)
11. (nocturne for strings and a conversation)

February 20 Alexandra Palace London, UK
February 22 O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester, UK
February 27 Lotto Arena Antwerp, Belgium
February 29 AFAS Live Amsterdam,Netherlands
March 3 X-Tra Zurich, Switzerland
March 5 Tonhalle Munich, Germany
March 7 Columbiahalle Berlin, Germany
March 10 Stodola Warsaw, Poland
March 12 Vega Copenhagen, Denmark
March 14 Arena Hamburg, Germany
April 12 Indio, CA Coachella
April 16 The Warfield San Francisco, CA
April 19 Indio, CA Coachella
April 22 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
April 23 Showbox Sodo Seattle, WA
April 24 The Vogue Vancouver, BC
April 28 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
April 29 The Rivera Chicago, IL
May 1 Rebel Toronto, ON
May 2 MTelus Montreal, QC
May 3 House of Blues Boston, MA
May 5 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
May 6 Filmore Washington, DC
May 8 Brooklyn Steel New York, NY


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