Monophonics

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

It's Only Us
New - LP - CLMN 12032
Sealed 2021 Repress, Gatefold Sleeve with No Die-Cut And Park Image On Cover. Colemine Records Hype Sticker On Front. Latest Offerings From Kelly Finnigan And Company. more
Sage Motel
Colored Vinyl - New - CLMN-12040
Sealed 2022 Gatefold Original, Limited Edition Indie Exlcusive Colour Pressing On Orange With Black Swirl Vinyl. First Press Run Of 5500 Copies. Includes Download. "Monophonics Couldn't Have Been Faulted For Feeling Emboldened By The Success Of "Last One Standing," The Widescreen Seven-minute Centerpiece Of Their 2020 Fifth Album It's Only Us. Album Six, The San Franciscan Band's Fourth Led By Do-a-lot Frontman Kelly Finnigan, Doesn't Truly Go Farther Out From A Musical Standpoint, But It's Presented As A Concept Lp That Welcomes The Listener Into The Titular Storied (Fictitious) Inn With No Specified Location. "Check In" Sets The Tone For Sage Motel In Faintly Ominous Fashion, And From There, Monophonics Continue To Sharpen Their Vision Of Heavy Psychedelic Soul, The Title Track Recalling Most Evidently Marvin Gaye -- The Late-'60s End Of His Studio Partnership With Psych-soul Demigod Norman Whitfield, His Self-produced 1971 Landmark And 1972's "Trouble Man," And Even The Later "I Want You." After The Fairly Standard Co-dependent Lover Scene In "Sage Motel" Itself, Finnigan, Wracked With Anguish And Regret, Slips Into A Pitch-black Chamber. Sweetening Elements Like The Mallet Percussion, Woodwinds, String Section, And Background Voices Make Everything Go Down Easier. Finnigan's Wounded Falsetto, "So Empty And Cold," And Nearly Muttered Confessions -- Like His Gaze Is Fixed On An Empty Glass Inches From His Chin -- Fill The Rest Of The First Side. He Puts All Of His Chest Into Side Two. "Love You Better" Is An Embittered Belter, A Fiery Exchange With The Backing Vocalists. The Pace Slows For The Dizzied Devotion Ballad "Never Stop Saying These Words" And Recharges For The Sweeping And Stomping "Warpaint." And Then Comes The Knockout Finale, "Crash & Burn," A Down, Not-quite-out Breakup Ballad That Makes Mere Survival Sound Like A Hard-fought Triumph. While Sincerity Emanates From Finnigan In Every Song Before It -- The Singer's Empathy Enables Him To Personify Characters Convincingly -- The Words And Emotion Here Pour Out, Like They Had To Be Released, Requiring No Imagination. "All I Know Is I Live My Life Through The Pressures Of Everyone's Eyes" And The Finishing "I'm So Selfish" Are Doozies." AMG Review By Andy Kellman. more
Sage Motel
New - LP - CLMN 12040
Sealed 2022 Gatefold Original Standard Black Vinyl Pressing, With Custom Colemine Hype Sticker. "Monophonics Couldn't Have Been Faulted For Feeling Emboldened By The Success Of "Last One Standing," The Widescreen Seven-minute Centerpiece Of Their 2020 Fifth Album It's Only Us. Album Six, The San Franciscan Band's Fourth Led By Do-a-lot Frontman Kelly Finnigan, Doesn't Truly Go Farther Out From A Musical Standpoint, But It's Presented As A Concept Lp That Welcomes The Listener Into The Titular Storied (Fictitious) Inn With No Specified Location. "Check In" Sets The Tone For Sage Motel In Faintly Ominous Fashion, And From There, Monophonics Continue To Sharpen Their Vision Of Heavy Psychedelic Soul, The Title Track Recalling Most Evidently Marvin Gaye -- The Late-'60s End Of His Studio Partnership With Psych-soul Demigod Norman Whitfield, His Self-produced 1971 Landmark And 1972's "Trouble Man," And Even The Later "I Want You." After The Fairly Standard Co-dependent Lover Scene In "Sage Motel" Itself, Finnigan, Wracked With Anguish And Regret, Slips Into A Pitch-black Chamber. Sweetening Elements Like The Mallet Percussion, Woodwinds, String Section, And Background Voices Make Everything Go Down Easier. Finnigan's Wounded Falsetto, "So Empty And Cold," And Nearly Muttered Confessions -- Like His Gaze Is Fixed On An Empty Glass Inches From His Chin -- Fill The Rest Of The First Side. He Puts All Of His Chest Into Side Two. "Love You Better" Is An Embittered Belter, A Fiery Exchange With The Backing Vocalists. The Pace Slows For The Dizzied Devotion Ballad "Never Stop Saying These Words" And Recharges For The Sweeping And Stomping "Warpaint." And Then Comes The Knockout Finale, "Crash & Burn," A Down, Not-quite-out Breakup Ballad That Makes Mere Survival Sound Like A Hard-fought Triumph. While Sincerity Emanates From Finnigan In Every Song Before It -- The Singer's Empathy Enables Him To Personify Characters Convincingly -- The Words And Emotion Here Pour Out, Like They Had To Be Released, Requiring No Imagination. "All I Know Is I Live My Life Through The Pressures Of Everyone's Eyes" And The Finishing "I'm So Selfish" Are Doozies." AMG Review By Andy Kellman. more
Sound Of Sinning
New - LP - TSMPLP-001
Sealed 2015 Gatefold With Download Included. Small "Pressed In Czech Republic" Sticker On Rear Cover. "Raised Amid The Rich Musical Culture And History Of The San Francisco Bay Area, Monophonics Proudly Carry The Torch Through The Generations Into Today’s Musical Landscape. Holding On To Tradition, But By No Means Purists Of Any Kind, They Play Their Own Brand Of Music Known As “Psychedelic Soul.” The 2012 Release Of Monophonics Last Album In Your Brain Saw The Band Pulling Influences From Such Acts As Early Funkadelic, Sly And The Family Stone And The The Temptation's Norman Whitfield Produced Records. With The New Album, Sound Of Sinning (April 14, 2015 On Transistor Sound Records), The Band Has Grown In All Areas Of Record Making And Felt A Need To Explore Other Important In- Fluences. While The Group Has Come To Cherish These Inspirations, With Sound Of Sinning They Started Venturing Beyond, To The Groups That Were Inspiring Those Soul Acts To Embrace The Psychedelic Sound Of The 60's And 70's. Bands Such As The Zombies, The Beatles, Beach Boys And Pink Floyd. Even With The Experimentation Of New Musical Territory, They Display The Sound That People Know And Love About Monophonics. Touching On Northern Soul, Doo-wop, Rock And Roll, Psych Pop, And Cinematic Music, Monophonics Show Off Their Diversity While Remaining True To Their Roots. Overall It's Heartfelt Music And Old School Vibes, Without Losing Sight Of The Present. This Is Is Music Steeped In That Timeless Feeling When People Could Write And Produce Songs That You Could Listen To Over And Over Again. Sound Of Sinning Was Produced By Kelly Finnigan & Ian Mcdonald And Recorded On An Old Tascam Eight-track 1/4” Tape Machine At Transistor Sound Studios In San Rafael, Ca." - Monophonics' Bandcamp more

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