Following on from a recent post celebrating (and lamenting) the sheer volume of “free” or “name your price” downloads out there, I recently came across a new single by a band called Monuments and Statues, which hails from Canada, or Kingston, Ontario, to be more specific.
The single is called ‘Red Dress’ and it first appeared on an
EP called Welcome to The Undertow (which is also available for download) back
in 2010. With the prospect of a full-length album on the horizon, ‘Red Dress’
has been re-released in 2013 in single format, and although it took a few
listens to really get a handle on it, it’s been well worth persevering with.
‘Red Dress’ is also
very representative of the rest of the material found on Welcome to The
Undertow – the four-track EP. The band doesn’t really fit any traditional genre
labels. The music is fairly ramshackle, it lacks structure, but it’s all the
more intriguing just because of that. It feels like it deliberately avoids mainstream
pop forms, with focus on instrumentation – cello and banjo to the fore – and
strong vocal harmonies. There’s a strong acoustic presence and each track on
the EP has a certain charm all of its own.
I think the “folk” label is about as close as I can get, but
even at that, there’s classical elements at play, there’s a baroque feel to
some of it, and hey, it’s also a little bit country ... have a listen for
yourself, and if you like it, look out for the band’s album when it turns up
Download ‘Red Dress’ and Welcome to The Undertow from the
Monuments and Statues Bandcamp page here.