Recorded largely at home, ‘Music From The Monks Kitchen’ is an intimate and quietly lovely full-length debut, cautious and subtle but richly melodic. The closest parallel here is to Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci’s 1999 long-player ‘Spanish Dance Troupe’, with its fragmented, piecemeal blend of instrumentals, hushed ballads and sparkling pop jewels. This is an 18-track album that runs under 45 minutes, and many tracks are little more than bittersweet sketches.
You’ll be hard pushed today to find a more melodic album than Music from the Monks Kitchen. Even if there are ten instrumental songs over 18, barely a chorus in sight with lead vocal swaps between band members, the second album of The Monks Kitchen sounds wonderfully and inextricably folk. It recalls the more progressive spirit of the British folk revival, songwriters of the ‘60s and the unpredictability of the nu-folk scene. A medley of tunes, melodies and slivers of themes, without a precise focus or a distinctive aim, but able to show all the influences and the interests of this North-West. The album is also enriched by literary subjects, like the transposition in music of Poe’s poem The Raven, and a basic but inspired instrumentation which includes pianos, softly brushed percussions, xylophone, autoharp and a fitting full-range of guitars from twelve strings to semi-acoustic.
The Monks Kitchen's second full-length album, titled simply enough as Music From The Monks Kitchen, feels more like an assemblage of randomness than an album – and that's very much a compliment. But there's also something to be said for the fact that, even if this is folk-inspired in one sense of the term or other, it's not anything like Mumford and Sons or any of the shouty nonsense that makes more than a few people wistfully look back at 1998 and wish for a time machine to stop people like Jeff. Mangum and Wayne Coyne from causing the inadvertant horribleness that was soon to come.
Free download and listen Music from the Monks Kitchen. Tracks count: 18. Views: 1. The Monks Kitchen - On a Dark Black Ocean 03:25. The Monks Kitchen - Dark Ramble 02:06. The Monks Kitchen - O'Melancholy 01:20.
The Monks Kitchen return after a 6 year hiatus with a full length Long Player on Wonderfulsound. In 2007 The Monks Kitchen released a debut mini LP on James (Libertines/The Strokes) Endicott’s new venture 1965 Records. 6 Years later the well weathered hermit- like melancholic trio return with an LP of 18 songs recorded in attics lofts and borrowed vintage analogue equipment. Some recordings can be traced back to 12 years previous others 2 months ago. There’s poetry, harmony, soundscapes, twelve strings, autoharps, pianos, xylopjones and a distinct lack of choruses.
|A1||On A Dark Black Ocean|
|A6||Hollow Of The Night|
|A9||Don't Lie Awake|
|B4||I Wanna Go|
|B6||III Legged Dog|
|B7||Up On The Breeze|
|B8||Red And Gold|
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|WSD13||The Monks Kitchen||Music From The Monks Kitchen (CD, Album, Promo + LP)||WonderfulSound||WSD13||UK||2013|
|WSD13CD, WSD13||The Monks Kitchen||Music From The Monks Kitchen (CD, Album)||Wonderfulsound, Wonderfulsound||WSD13CD, WSD13||UK||2013|