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Steeped in fuzzy guitars, budget keyboards, bongos and handclaps, the first taste of the new Monnone Alone album Stay Foggy touches on themes of dread, loneliness and the losing one’s marbles, whilst swaying casually to a loping rhythm that’d do The Happy Posse proud.
Marooned at home during Melbourne’s 2020 lockdown, with no bandmates in sight, Mark Monnone had no option but to take matters to his cassette 8-track and set to work on the follow-up to Monnone Alone’s 2019 powerpop tour de force Summer of the Mosquito.
The former-Lucksmiths bassist then gave his home-recorded tapes to Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Foals, Breeders) to mix the whole glorious mess into something worthy of human consumption.
The resulting ten tracks on Stay Foggy bounce blindly from glum to whimsical, from blurred to razor-sharp, showcasing Monnone’s disorientated hopes, dreams and lockdown inertia with an off-the-cuff beach party twist.
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That Go-Betweens "Striped Sunlight Sound" again, and delightfully so. C86, McCarthy, jangly, shoegaze, indie pop, Postcard Records and even the Velvet Underground. Yet they've assembled all their influences into their own individual style. And it's one of the few records this year to bring a smile to my heart. agutterfan