Monomania – In Your Element

Single Review by Mark Bayross

Sounding for all the world like it was written in 1990, Monomania’s self-promoted (and by the sound of it, self-financed) debut single IN YOUR ELEMENT sounds like the last ten years never happened.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing – music at least had a sense of adventure when My Bloody Valentine and Ride were ruling the indie roost. It makes a nice change to hear a band that isn’t trying to be the new Coldplay, and the jangly-recorded-in-a-toilet-somewhere title track has an engaging sense of conviction.

As if to continue the nostalgia, B-sides “Ehrich Weisz” and “Anton Kingsway” sound like a mixture of long lost tune-dodgers The Wedding Present and scouse also-rans Space.

Trust me – this is a good thing.

4 stars

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