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Monster Movie
To The Moon
Clairecords
www.monster-movie.com


This is a record that has to be listened to a few times before its beauty truly sinks in. But believe me, the beauty will sink in and chill you to the bones. This duo from somewhere in England has been making music on and off for years, it seems, and always turning out quality songs, full of aural beauty and creative bliss. To The Moon is certainly no exception, proving the rule more than ever.

The album kicks off with "Sweet Lemonade", a brilliant 90's style Britpop song, full of the bounce and joy of that era, kind of like early Blur. Juxtaposing 80's synth sounds with the attitude of more modern indie pop is what the next few songs are about, and they do this marvelously. "Dream About You" could be lifted from a Human League record just as easily as it could have come from an early 90's shoegaze record. "Beatufil Arctic Star" will surely go down in the history books of wrongly sung along lyrics, right next to Hendrix's "Excuse me while I kiss this guy…" I can't help but singing "Beautiful myopic star", even though I know what the lyric should rightly be. The music is mostly a bit downbeat and thoughtful, and "Don't Know Why" is a perfect example of how well this band can pull in the heart of the listener, and keep it hooked for a four minute interlude that seems shorter but somehow longer, all at once.

To The Moon is filled with character and charm, as well as brilliance and magnificent musical ability. That's what keeps me plugging it back into my cd player over and over and over again, with no end in sight to this cycle. I'm hooked on the music of Monster Movie… it chills me to the bones. It's like an Alice In Wonderland ride through the mind of someone as gifted as Lewis Carroll; full of wonderful surprises at each turn and wonderfully ever-changing landscapes and strange characters, but without all the opium and mathematics.

As an aside, for all you record collecting, trivia knowing kids out there… Remember Slowdive? One of these guys was in the original line-up. Can you guess who? Send us an email and let us know. Perhaps you will win something.

Perhaps not.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:

1. Sweet Lemonade
2. Dream About You
3. Beautiful Arctic Star
4. From A Distance
5. Don't Know Why
6. Colder Days
7. Good Grief
8. Memento
9. Out Of Touch
10. Nobody Sees
11. 1950da


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