Hidden Shoal Recordings is excited to announce the availability of CD pre-orders for Transpacific Sound Paradise, the sophomore album by Brooklyn-based dream-pop band Monocle. The CD release comes as a beautiful custom package and is limited to an edition of 200. All CD pre-orders come with an immediate download of the album in MP3 or FLAC format. The album sees official release on the 1st of May, 2013. Head to the Hidden Shoal Store for more info.
The five-year gap since Monocle’s debut album Outer Sunset has seen two stunning solo albums by band leader Rich Bennett, which explored a number of areas the Monocle sound hinted at. Transpacific Sound Paradise is the logical and perfect culmination of these progressions. While it’s distinctively a Monocle album, developing the gorgeous template familiar to fans of Outer Sunset, songwriter Rich Bennett brings a different set of influences into focus. On Outer Sunset, it was primarily post-rock, indie electronica and shoegaze, while on Transpacific Sound Paradise there’s Brazilian, new wave, classical, and a soupcon of no wave.
“Essentially the brainchild of Brooklyn based Rich Bennett whose 2010 mini-album on Hidden Shoal Recordings counts as one of that year’s most understated. Monocle’s debut long player Outer Sunset is a transcendental exercise in ambient dream pop where melody rules supreme. Lead single ‘Chances Glide’ features a vocal contribution from Dead Leaf Echo’s Ana Breton and is frankly, sublime.” – Drowned in Sound on single ‘Chances Glide’
Part of their strength as a band is how Monocle re-imagine and craft eclectic musical combinations. Elements of this re-invention include the prominent hand of engineer/co-producer Scott Solter, colourful splashes of brass and strings amid the synths and guitars, and the introduction of Ana Breton (Dead Leaf Echo, ex-Mahogany) on vocals. From the silvery synth stabs that introduce spectacular opening cut ‘Snake’, via the intergalactic cruise-ship groove of stunning single ‘Chances Glide’, to the 21st-century Cocteau Twins vibe of finale ‘Most People Believe’, Transpacific Sound Paradise is a delectable journey through a technologically and melodically advanced pop universe.