Falcao & Monashee

Falcao & Monashee (Independent)

This Vancouver duo’s debut album has an immersive sound with lots of slow builds and a gradual intertwining of melodies. It’s an urgent sound that carries forward the ideals of the post-rock movement of the ‘90s and early ‘00s, as they use instruments often associated with the rock tradition for making clearly non-rock sounds. They also use instruments from other genres such as the banjo, mandolin and harp. Rodrigo Falcao’s drumming seems to indicate some kraut influences, especially on tracks like “Starlight,” which is probably the album’s best. Monashee Sun’s vocals feature prominently in every song and are reminiscent of the ‘60s folk songstress Joan Baez.

The lyrics are slightly indiscernible and a little abstract so you’ll probably have to read the liner notes to get a good understanding of them. This album isn’t something you’re going to listen to for the words anyways, as its strength lies in the talented intertwining of the duo’s songwriting skills. In addition to their vocal duties, each member plays at least five instruments on the album. They draw on what we can only imagine is almost every musical instrument at their disposal to put together this album, even going so far as to include some field recordings of birds on the opening track “Teleportation,” which seemed cheesy, but maybe someone who enjoys nature would appreciate it. Despite some minor flaws this album contains eight tracks of beautiful musicianship.

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Posted on July 20, 2009

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