If you have not yet had the pleasure of being introduced to the psychedelic soundscape of the German-Canadian alternative-pop collective Monako, you are in luck. Releasing not just one new track, but a total of three in their enchanting EP “In Shapes I-III”, the band offer listeners a wide array of genre-bending sounds to sink straight into, featuring collaborations with the likes of Valentin Hansen, Bibi Club and Vagabon.
Kicking off the playlist, “Know My Name” evolves into a constantly changing mood piece — which feels both unsettling yet oddly soothing by the end. Using an ethereal autotune over a simple bassline, attention is drawn to the vocalist’s soul-baring lyricism, which dives into the emotions of feeling disconnected from yourself. Elsewhere, “Killing Feels” totally switches up the tone with a kick-back attitude towards tune-crafting. Featuring dreamy guitar riffs and twinkling synths, the track builds a soundscape that gently lulls you into a state of introspective escapism.
Finally, the EP rolls out with the track “Hollow Moon”, a breezy effort filled with sunny sensibilities over a percussion of ear-worming drums. Digging into the all-consuming vulnerability that follows falling in love, Monako create a track that can be played on repeat whenever one finds themself deep in their feelings. Posing as one of the most intimate tracks of the EP, “Hollow Moon” comes with a spellbinding visual, which shows silhouettes of people with the lyrics plastered over them — signifying the song’s ability to communicate the emotions we find difficult to express.
To stream the EP and visual now, head below…