As a collaborative effort, The Monolith staff run down their favourite albums released each month and present them to you, as a list, with words and pictures and music. It’s much like a lecture at the university of awesome, only you don’t have to look at us or make notes really. Best school ever.
Here’s June’s list, starting with:
Brother/Ghost – Buried
It’s always refreshing when a band you’ve never heard of before comes along and smacks you across the face with an album so abundantly brilliant. Then again, if I’ve learned one thing over the years, it’s never to doubt the quality of U.S. indie label shelsmusic.
Such was the case this month with Austinite trio Brother/Ghost. One acclaimed EP and five troublesome years have put the band from the minds of many who knew them, but they have returned with debut full-length Buried, and with it brought equal measures of magnificence and melancholy.
With a sonic palette touching acts as varied as Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Nick Cave, Buried‘s seven unique and intimate tracks are bare boned and without embellishment, but ever single element is placed with absolute purpose, and the effect is astounding. That each of the songs has its own voice, but feel so unified as a whole, is testament to one of the finest underground songwriting units in the northern hemisphere.