Transpacific Sound Paradise

by Monocle

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Transpacific Sound Paradise is the sophomore album by Brooklyn-based dream-pop band Monocle. 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.

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released April 30, 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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