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Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Monoplex - The Silent Speech And Misused Time (USA 2008)

Yet another fantastic psychedelic record that deserves your attention. Adam B. Phillips - a multi-instrumentalist with a multi-track recorder - is the mastermind behind THE MONOPLEX, a psychedelic band project heavily influenced by 60's psych music using the technology of today.

Myspace lists as band members: Adam Phillips, Spliff Phillips, Train, A.B Philopolis, Tree Top, Dadam; influences: "lately: Animal Collective, TOMITA!, Turner Classic Movies, and Open G tuning with a dropped C."

To my mind rather comes THE BEACH BOYS (at the time of Surf's Up), FLAMING LIPS, SIMIAN and the more pop oriented records of MOTORPSYCHO.

"Recordings done on 4 and 16 track reel to reels with computer assistance over a four year period, and it keeps running on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on. off." (T. M.)

This is only a portion of the album "The Silent Speech and Misused Time" by the out-of-sight hipsters THE MONOPLEX. Out Now! on Mayhaps Records. 



Band-Website (mayhaps records)

Favourite track: none - the complete album! This is a psychedelic pop masterpiece - grab it and enjoy!

THE MONOPLEX - the silent speech and misused time (excerpt)

(mp3 zip,  12 tracks,  41 min, 55,4 MB)

Get it here or here!


Dharma Bummer said...

Very groovy stuff! Reminds me of the High Llamas.

Dharma Bummer said...

Alright, I've had a few more listens, and this is just the sort of album that rewards such a thing. This is, indeed, some masterful stuff. I mentioned the High Llamas in my last comment because, like those Scottish Wilson obsessives, the Monoplex purvey a modernized, personalized and hot-rodded interpretation of a platonic mid-60's Beach Boy ideal - ultra sophisticated (and ultra satisfying) harmonic progressions, sunlight melodies and an overall grandeur. But while the High Llamas take these elements and turn it into a strange melange of Stereolab synth loops and elevator music (and I don't necessarily mean that in a perjorative sense), the Monoplex give it a bit more grit, balls and psychedelia. The vocals are very distinctive and pleasant - they remind me of somebody very specific that I can't quite place at the moment, but I am reminded a little of two UFO Club veterans, Pink Floyd's Richard Wright and Soft Machine's Robert Wyatt. In fact, there are some moments on the album that, musically, reminded me of solo Wyatt. Some cuts are so structurally complex and epically beautiful, it just makes you smile to know that somebody is doing something this great in this day and age. Thank you for the music, Monoplex!

mike-floyd said...

Thanks Dharma Bummer, for that detailed, very good and precise review.
Indeed, this is an excellent record.