NYC NUKE-WAVE ARTIST RETURNS THIS FRIDAY WITH:
‘A FINE COMMITMENT’
OUT 16 JUNE 2023, VIA PAPERCUP MUSIC – PRE-SAVE HERE
Ahead of his highly anticipated new album ‘A Fine Commitment’ this Friday, MONOGRAMS is pleased to share a final cut from the record: “Listen Up”.
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A militant call to attention and an epic closing statement, Monograms’ latest single draws ‘A Fine Commitment’ to a close through a barrage of ricocheting beats, pincering post/punk guitars, and sprawling feedback that builds to a cataclysmic crescendo.
Speaking about “Listen Up”, Ian of Monograms simply says:
“This song is about trying to change your perspective from something negative to something positive. But within that lens, I’m really quite bad at talking about things or taking advice into practice. Also the idea that talking about things and trying to apply deep philosophies or big ethereal ideas is often useless, just for me personally, I often get lost in that kind of thinking. I’d much rather be taking action.”
Swiftly following previous singles “Hi Low” and recent single “Carry The Weight”, all three can be found on Monograms’ upcoming third album. His first outing since 2020, ‘A Fine Commitment’ finds Monograms expanding his portfolio of post-apocalyptic sounds into dark and uncharted territories. Careering through the pulsing industrial progressions of “Wink Void” to the cybernetic surf-rock of “Say It Away”, the shadowy shoegaze of “Walk on Weather”, the pneumatic electronica of “Com Plex”, via the occasional foray into far-out folk (“Sim Pull”); Monograms fuses together sounds from the fields of post-punk, new-wave, industrial, gritty pop, and beyond in this collection of 12 dynamic, future-facing tracks.
Scour beneath the sonic melee however and you’ll find some of the most visceral lyrics of the Monograms catalogue to date. Documenting a journey of personal mental health struggles over the two year period in which it was made, and how the music he was making offered him a road to recovery, Ian says of ‘A Fine Commitment’:
“Let’s just say I went through a time in my life while making this record where I almost lost myself and my mind a couple times. The process of this album felt like a fork in the road where I finally started letting go a bit of my past and trying to predict my future. The tension wasn’t directly about the creative process but that was often the trigger. It’s a long story but I’ve been facing those divots in my life a lot more lately and trying to be more real about it cause it’s not something I think about often… but I truly did almost completely lose myself in the span of time while making this record more than once. But I’m still here, still living, still dreaming.”
Flitting through themes with an erratic and breakneck pace, it’s a record that finds the artist contemplating global issues on the macro scale, right down to the mental minutiae that make us tick. Whether its making observations on politics and a sense of alienation in wider society (“Collider”), to candid expressions of feeling the weight of the world (“Say It Away”, “Carry The Weight”), trying to predict the future (“Wink Void”), or reflecting on traumas of the past and how we can move on (“Sim Pull” / “Com Plex”); ‘A Fine Commitment’ takes the pain and paranoia of an especially turbulent period and exorcises it with exhilarating outcomes.
“This entire album is pretty personal to me” says Ian. “I chose HI Low as the first single cause sonically it spoke to me in a way that I wanted to display but also the story of the song is important to me cause I might think that sometimes music tries to kill me but ultimately it’s kind enough to save my life instead.”
Entirely written and recorded by Monograms in Brooklyn, the album was produced with the assistance of Ben Rice and promises a thrilling meltdown of sounds and boundaries.
MONOGRAMS – RELEASES NEW ALBUM: ‘A FINE COMMITMENT’
– OUT 16 JUNE 2023, VIA PAPERCUP MUSIC