Reborn with new artistic purpose and a matured sound, Monogold are set to release their sixth album Babyfood on September 29th.
Building off from their indie psych-pop roots, Brooklyn’s self-proclaimed “strangewave” trio have crafted an album of sun-drenched daydreams and psychedelic nostalgia to float you through the end of the summer.
Monogold’s sound is instantly familiar, conjuring memories of warm nights spent dancing to the rhythms of psych-pop greats like Animal Collective and MGMT. But while those illustrious artists aimed to inundate the listener with danceable technicolor, Monogold have reformed their approach into a vision that is altogether more nuanced and cohesive than their predecessors. Gone are the electronic beats and bombastic synth odysseys, replaced with chiming guitars, beachy vibes, and ethereal vocals that evoke the band’s escapist mentality. The lyrics tiptoe into the realm of the surreal with songs that ponder the thoughts of newborn insects and the possibility of amorous relations with lollipops. So if all you want to do is pretend summer never ends, turn off your phone, put Babyfood on your stereo, and accept the warm embrace of Monogold as they sail you away on a gentle sea of good vibes.
Plus we have the band’s exclusive Brooklyn guide featuring the best coffee, landmarks and more. Read on for a snippet of their guide as you listen to the sweet tunes of their brand new album, and don’t miss their upcoming show at Alphaville on October 28th.
If someone only had 24 hours in your city, what would you recommend they see and do?
Eat pizza. See shows. Go to an old classic bar. Go to a L.E.S. dive bar. And most importantly, put your stupid phone away. Look at things, look at people and don’t be afraid to get lost in it.
What does your city have that you can’t find anywhere else?
Sandwiches. Anytime you want.
Do you draw inspiration from your city and if so, how does it inform your music?
Since Jared lives in Westchester (where we also rehearse and record), Keith and Mike take the subway to Grand Central to connect to the Metro North Commuter Train at least twice a week. That being said, any inspiration we might pull from city living is definitely in the realm of escapism. The last thing we want to sing about is the reality that we’re already living, so instead we’ve been writing a lot about space travel, teenage vampires in the 90s, and having sex with candy.