Greetings fellow chipWINners! We’ve only just hit the third month of the year, yet I’ve already lost count of all the incredible chiptune albums that have been released thus far. While some were anticipated, I really love when an artist puts something out there that surprises and completely blows you away. That’s exactly what happened with the debut LP from Monomania, ‘Robot Flowers’. As evidenced in the title, the album carries a theme of melding the organic with the electronic.
Make no mistake, this is no usual LSDJ debut album. The man behind the music, Matt Ronan, is also an amazing guitarist. His musical talent shines through in his chipmusic as well, and his LSDJ programming, combined with the production quality of the album overall, is nothing short of masterful. My first listen to ‘Robot Flowers’ upon loading it onto my phone was with headphones on while grocery shopping. The fuzzy filter in the opening track ‘Fuzz’ swept over me as I crossed the entrance’s threshold and made an otherwise mundane experience feel like I was entering another dimension. It took all of my willpower to keep from busting a move right there in the produce section. But don’t take my word for it, check out the track’s awesome music video!
The infectiously danceable beats continue with the track ‘Tmrw’. Backed by sprawling arpeggios and grimy bass, this down and dirty track profusely bleeds bleeps and contains some wonderful builds as well. This leads right into ‘1964’ which starts off with the grungy feel of the previous track, and then adopts a gradually uplifting energy via its optimistic lead melody. By the end of the track, the atmosphere is downright ethereal. Deliciously percussive glitch then dominates the soundscape in ‘Wurm’, and holy double feature Batman, this one also has a badass music video! (That wurm does not fuck around.)
Every track on the album exhibits impeccable craftsmanship and an exhaustive attention to detail. Monomania really drives this fact home and pulls out all the stops with the album-finishing ‘Robot Flowers’. A haunting yet inspiring call to arms, the title track builds steam to epic heights and continues to reverberate in the listener’s mind well beyond its nearly 6 minute running time. In case ‘Robot Flowers’ has slipped past your radar, I wholeheartedly recommend that you support Monomania and buy his incredible album. It is a must-listen, and I look forward to future releases from this amazing talent!
That’s the end of my consideration for this month. As always, keep it locked to the ChipWIN blog for more insights, awesome tunes and all-around WIN! Until then…