Malmo / Glasgow songwriter John B. McKenna IS Monoganon, and Killmens (good idea) is his new album, written in opposition to the toxic end of masculinity. As well as a vinyl pressing of John’s art-poppy songs, this release of Killmens also comes with a little magazine! Released by the Lost Map label.
8/10 Benn Staff review, 21 November 2017
Apparently, this record was written with the intention of crushing toxic masculinity. Which I guess is a good enough reason as any to write a record of this nature - rather indie, somewhat poppy and a lot psych. I honestly was not too sure if I'd even like this record, but as I've listened to it more and more, I've actually ordered myself a copy because I like it that much. Whether or not this is a popular opinion in the office bears little relevance to my strong opinions on the album.
We start off with 'Black Hole' - which was also a single - and as you can image you feel a little like you're drifting through space. Now, that isn't to say that you're going to end up in this black hole, but more that you're going past a black hole. There are so many similarities that can be drawn, from the much more contemporary stuff of Bombay Bicycle Club all the way down to the music of the British Invasion way back in the 60's. I'm quite a fan of the arts-y music and I think that this track is genuinely able to weave its way into your thoughts and cleanse your mind - if it is just for the few minutes that you listen to it.
Some of the tracks sort of sound as though they could be part of the 90's Brit-pop era: your Oasis, Stone Roses and the like. Another box ticked for me. If you've heard Ariel Pink's new record, it's sort of the same vibe - but not as s**t where it ought to be good. Each song is kind of different and each song has its own little quirks - their own personality.
It really is a remarkable little record to listen to if you're in the right mood to listen to it. It's a very good record, but there's something missing. I don't know what, but something. Maybe in a few weeks time, I'll listen to it again and I'll want to give it a better review. Who knows?
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