Photo by Lauren Desberg
If you’re looking for tracks to liven up your summer playlist, look no further than the refreshingly captivating band The Monikers. Within the first thirty seconds of listening to their EP, Taliesin West, you’ll understand why it’s exactly what you’ve been missing so far this summer. These tunes, especially the surf-y opening track “Surfa Rosa (Pink Waters),” are the perfect soundtrack for a day trip to the ocean or a hot summer night spent cruising with the windows down.
There’s something really new and almost gritty going on with their sound, most likely owing to the dedicated innovation that comes hand in hand with young musicians such as these recent college grads. It’s difficult to nail down the Monikers’ music to just one genre, or even to identify which decade influences them most. It is in this versatility that the band’s mission — which aims to produce songs crafted like intricate, unique spaces — comes out.
The Monikers are great for lovely, lazy days; their meandering melodies, multi-voice choruses, and spots of hard rocking interposed with gentle moments provide a unique sound that feels whole and satisfying. Check out their Bandcamp to listen to Taliesin West and keep an eye out for their follow-up EP, due out in early autumn.
– By intern Nora Brouder