Monarch is Brennan Strawn, Brent Kutzle, Brian Willett and Joel Plotnik an indie electro-pop band from Los Angeles in the USA.
My brain is hit with a range of reactions on hearing the music Monarch produces, from recoiling in horror, to being mesmerised by the warming textures. As regular readers know I have an aversion to oleaginous radio friendly production and there is enough of a layer here to make Deepwater Horizon seem like a blip, but underneath the layers of oil is some stunning music and it is well worth stripping aside the gloss to hunt out the mysterious sounds that the quartet produce.
The compositions are a constantly changing pattern of sound that take the mind on a journey of luxurious soundscapes, almost orchestral in feel. I am delighted I persevered and came back to this many times as Monarch are in fact a top quality outfit with much to offer to the world of music. The instrumentation is gauzed in a hazed veil whilst the vocal is delivered as though coming from a different room and as the parts collide they caolesce in to a powerful and enchanting experience.
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