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Mononoke – “Barefoot and Broken“

24 Apr


One song was all it took for us to fall for the very obvious musical charms of the otherwise very mysterious Mononoke. “Alice” was a sublime creation and one that had more than just us scrambling to include the Warner Chappell signee in lists of artists to listen out for in 2014 and when follow-up “Bones and Glory” hit the net, you could hear the collective sigh of relief from bloggers the world over that it was, delightfully, just as good. This week Mononoke went for the hat-trick with “Barefoot and Broken” and what do you know, she’s caressed it perfectly into the top corner for a beauty.

Like its predecessors, “Barefoot and Broken” is startling in its gorgeousness and immediately you are captivated. Listening for the very first time is like witnessing the reveal of a newly discovered Van Gough or Monet. The veil is pulled back, your breath catches as before you stands a masterpiece. A wonderful example of the mellow-cholic sound she has cultivated, her vocals drift like the last kiss blown from a loved one as they turn to leave and your heart stops in realisation. You won’t see them again.

The simple piano notes fall like muted tears, trailing gently down your face as the anguish and pain builds in mist of soft electronics and synths. ”I did everything you asked me” she calls out, the emotion rising with the distress while the melody shushes and caresses like a concerned parent.

It is, as has fast become the norm for this young lady, heavenly and as long as she can make heartbreak sound this beautiful, we won’t mind the pain.

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Mononoke – “Bones and Glory” (video)

9 Feb


Just one song and a little mystery from London by way of Liverpool’s Mononoke was enough to excite sufficiently to feature her on both our list of artists to listen out for and our Top 25 Tracks of 2013 countdown. Not many artists last year elicited such an immediate, excited and overwhelming response from us, listening to “Alice” was like playing one desperate final hand of poker, going all in with our heart and pulling out an Ace on the river for a royal flush.

Even so, that was one track and there would be questions over whether the Warner Chappell signee could match or even eclipse such a startling debut with her follow-up. Then last week “Bones and Glory” came along and for three and half minutes our world came to a standstill and only one word came to our mind. Wow.

Combining the icy, crystalline beauty of Lyla Foy with the distressed vintage feel of Lana Del Rey (Lyla Del Rey anyone?) “Bones and Glory” is, like “Alice” before it, a distant mist of melody, gentle probing beats and vocals of whispered kisses. Those kisses analyses the forensics of a relationship, her voice echoing out of the shadows like a dark exploration of what it means to feel while the sombre piano picks its way barefoot through the dilapidated remains of hope.

Who she is remains, for many, a mystery. Though right now the speculation seems moot for while the music is as special and beautiful as this, who she is matters not a jot. Just listen and enjoy.

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