Plastic Beach

by Monocle

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‘Plastic Beach’ is the new single and music video by Brooklyn-based dream-pop band Monocle taken from their sophomore album Transpacific Sound Paradise. View the Mark Feinsod directed 'Plastic Beach' music video here:

'Plastic Beach' is Transpacific Sound Paradise's most immediately accessible track, marrying guitar hooks Dick Dale would be proud of, dance or die surf rock beats and the gorgeous vocal stylings of Ana Breton (Dead Leaf Echo). In typical Monocle style the track features subtle dark turns throughout. The song’s wonderful music video, directed by Mark Feinsod, is a playful twist on a trip to the beach, where Rich and Ana flashback to a happier time only to be harassed by a ocean borne garbage monster! The ‘Plastic Beach’ single release comes complete with an awesome remix of 'Plastic Beach' by Portland-based Prophetnoise and superb bonus track 'As I Ride', a previously unreleased song from the Transpacific Sound Paradise recording sessions.

The five-year gap since Monocle’s debut album Outer Sunset has seen two stunning solo albums by band leader Rich Bennett, which explored a number of areas the Monocle sound hinted at. Transpacific Sound Paradise is the logical and perfect culmination of these progressions. While it’s distinctively a Monocle album, developing the gorgeous template familiar to fans of Outer Sunset, songwriter Rich Bennett brings a different set of influences into focus. On Outer Sunset, it was primarily post-rock, indie electronica and shoegaze, while on Transpacific Sound Paradise there’s Brazilian, new wave, classical, and a soupcon of no wave.

Part of their strength as a band is how Monocle re-imagine and craft eclectic musical combinations. Elements of this re-invention include the prominent hand of engineer/co-producer Scott Solter, colourful splashes of brass and strings amid the synths and guitars, and the introduction of Ana Breton (Dead Leaf Echo, ex-Mahogany) on vocals. From the silvery synth stabs that introduce spectacular opening cut ‘Snake’, via the intergalactic cruise-ship groove of stunning single ‘Chances Glide’, to the 21st-century Cocteau Twins vibe of finale ‘Most People Believe’, Transpacific Sound Paradise is a delectable journey through a technologically and melodically advanced pop universe.

“chases sweeping synth lines with dance-centered bass and vocal melodies. This may be dream pop, but it would fit well into any party that reaches the 23rd hour and exposes the emotional passion only the evening hours pooled with alcohol can construct... three-minute musical bliss” – Space Rock Mountain on single ‘Chances Glide’

“Imagine, if you will, the somnambulant bliss of Broadcast mixed up with that distinctive Slint-style bass, the playful bossa of a throwaway Stereolab B-side and, perhaps most strikingly – a great big nod towards the glamorous-yet-underachieving shoegazers Lush” – Vinyl Vulture


released May 27, 2013



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Monocle New York

Brooklyn’s Monocle fuse droning, hypnotic sounds, catchy melodies, and subtle shifts in harmony with thoughtful composition. Monocle’s 2006 EP, Lounge Act, combined sugary pop chords, dark lyrics, and heavy sounds that balanced the power and energy of a live band along with glossy electronics. Their music is a combination of dense and progressive cinematic pop, truly essential listening. ... more

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