ARTIST: Mind Monogram
RELEASE DATE: 22/04/16
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
Experimental Los Angeles based dream-pop trio ‘Mind Monogram’ release their latest impressive five track EP entitled ‘Mäus’ to the masses on the 22nd April 2016. With a sound that traverses dizzyingly melodic dream pop highs but has its roots firmly grounded within a reverb induced psych-pop stew, ‘Mind Monogram’ create stunningly blissful soundscapes that swirl in suspended sonic animation. The band got together in 2014 & are made up of Edgar A. Ruiz – Vocals & Guitar, Christian Caro – Guitar, Richard Delgado – Bass & Bryan Mejia – Drums.
Track one, ‘Mäus’ opens up proceedings swirling within a beautiful shimmering cacophony of reverb drenched vocal’s and golden hued frequencies before we’re treated to its shuffling drum patterns and addictive streamlined guitar lines. Its stunning vocals effortlessly meander between the instrumentation as the track tumbles along its melodic axis making this a thoroughly enjoyable jumping off point for those of you who are new to the band. Up Next, ‘Between The Lines’ drives a psych induced wedge into the musical ether as it’s pounding drums and brilliantly executed bass lines keep everything grounded allowing for the fuzzy but powerful guitars to expertly escort that reverberating vocal line into the heavens with aplomb. The muggy opening bars of ‘Howls’ enters the musical arena as we float on a wave of stunning frequencies and gloriously explosive sonic swells. This track explodes into its tumbling verses with relative ease as the instrumentation takes centre stage, looping and arcing with reckless abandon. The EP’s penultimate track is called ‘Friend’. I just love how ‘Mind Monogram’ can inject a 60’s sounding psych vibe into what is a very modern dream-pop structure to create a massive experimental sound. ‘Friend’ cruises like a steam train, pushing the musical envelope and shaking easily through its sonic gears. It’s a brilliantly executed slice of psych-pop and possibly my favourite track on this entire release.
The EP’s closing piece is the wonderful ‘Weeping Willow’. This track floats within layers of stunning reverberation as those impressive melodic vocal lines straddle that shuffling drum pattern, addictive bass frequencies and those swirling, jangling guitars. There’s a heady mix of reverb induced psychedelia & stunning melodic dream-pop swirling within the musical ether as this track lifts the listener up and carefully brings you with it on a journey of immense sonic discovery. Recommended listening as far as I’m concerned and a fitting ending to a what is a stunning EP.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular experimental Irish electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, DreamPop, PostPunk, PostRock & PsychRock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.