Many of the artists and bands we find so intriguing and exciting come from the new frontiers, a place where an ability to blend and mix ideas from the fringes of musical genres is almost second nature and where desires to create new sounds come with a child-like joy. Luxembourg’s Monophona are one band that have pioneered their way into this territory from alternate musical fronts, one a turntable artist and drum ‘n’ bass producer, the other a singer-songwriter from a folk-rock band. One world in touch with the earthy feel of acoustic instruments the other honing their craft with the aid of the technology and a very keen ear for a good tune.
Claudine and Chook began this collaboration in 2010 with Jorsch joining them on drums and percussion when the time came to take it to the stage. Jorsch became more than just a fill-in for their live performances, instead he brought a new dynamic that fed and enriched their sound and now they are a trio. If you enjoy Bristol’s Trip-Hop sound and the likes of Fink, Moorcheeba and Portishead then you’ll love this, break-beats sparkle amongst the alternative and slightly ethereal atmosphere that’s fed by Claudine’s downbeat vocals and acoustics whilst the underlying hooks keep it infectious and strong.
Their debut album “The Spy” came out in November 2012 garnering critical acclaim, now they are to play their first UK live shows at The Great Escape this weekend. This is one to watch for 2013!
Check their free track Give Up and their cover of Morrissey’s Everyday is like sunday below:
First UK shows:
May 17 – Queens bar (The Great Escape, Brighton)
May 18 – Komedia bar (The Great Escape, Brighton)
June 5 – Old Blue Last (London) w/ Sun Glitters