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Review: Monogold, “Good Heavens”

No Comments 9 August 2015

Review: Monogold, “Good Heavens”

“Monogold have found the sweet spot with Good Heavens. This album slowly gathers up steam in such a steady fashion that by the end of its journey, you can’t help but be emotionally invested in the outcome. This is well-paced, layered in organic sound, and awash in warmth.”

Artist: Monogold

Album: Good Heavens

Genre: Dream Pop

RIYL: Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, The Beatles

Monogold - Good Heavens

There is something blissfully breezy and easy about Brooklyn-based Monogold’s new record, Good Heavens. Though it’s poised for an early fall release, this is an undeniably summertime record, one best listened to through an open window sipping a cool drink on a patio. In fact, this provided the perfect accompaniment to a walk down to the beach. Without having the benefit of a press kit telling me this band has been described in a more synthy, electronic way in the past, I would never have guessed it. While fans of band may feel like this is a big departure from their sound, the organic layers and relaxed delivery actually read like a stripped-back beat-driven style.

Keith Kelly, Jared Apuzzo, and Michael Falotico have assembled an arrestingly charming set of eight tracks that will put a smile on your face and have you swaying from side to side like you’re bending in a warm breeze. And, in fact, “warmth” is the word to key in on here; the tonal quality of both the guitar and Keith Kelly’s vocals breathe heart and soul into the album. The best way to describe is a “sonic glow” of sorts.

“Mega Flora” opens the record and it immediately draws you into its mystical spell. Then “Orchard Beach” lifts and lightens, sounding like something I can only describe as Neil Young-meets-Jeff Buckley-esque. In fact, I found myself making multiple comparisons to Buckley’s lighter touch on vocals; there are some lovely similarities that shine through at unexpected moments. “Pink Lemonade” is just a delightful track, a tune that evokes innocence and summers spent making powdered fruit drinks after playing in the sun. “Some Calling Song” really captured my attention, and deftly treads into heavier structure and sound to bring some balance to the record. The closing title track pushes even further highlighting an emotionally-charged vocal and a satisfying climax for the listener.

Monogold have found the sweet spot with Good Heavens. This album slowly gathers up steam in such a steady fashion that by the end of its journey, you can’t help but be emotionally invested in the outcome. This is well-paced, layered in organic sound, and awash in warmth. The best comparison I have is that it sits somewhere in that magical spectrum right before the end of the summer, and you can almost feel the seasons change. Good Heavens is a lovely album experience that promises great things from this trio of musicians in the future.


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