Album Of The Week: Monophonics’ Sound of Sinning

monoIf you haven’t noticed, there’s somewhat of a soul revival going on. It’s as if the Motown sound has risen from the abyss and come back with a force that few can replicate. An excellent example of this spectacular resurrection are San Francisco psychedelic soul brothers Monophonics and their upcoming release Sound of Sinning. Kelly Finnigan’s voice resembles the tones of Otis Redding & Marvin Gaye and is purely intoxicating when combined with the subtle beats and rhythms this sextet produces. Whether it’ll get you to dance or just reminisce, Sound of Sinning will definitely give you a dose of excitement.

There’s a lot of funk coming from Myles O’Mahony’s incredible skills on bass, and Ryan Scott’s trumpet adds a sense of emphasis that has every track hitting you like a freight train. The production quality is absolutely vintage with analog tones paying homage to a lot of the music from the late ’60s and early ’70s, but at the same time each song has a timeless touch. This band has funky soul that’ll make your heart skip a beat.

With this amazing album you’re probably looking for what to listen to first. I can’t blame you, that’s why I have my top tracks off of the Album Of The Week. Skip the middle man and go for what you’re looking for.

When you hear Austin Bohlman kick it off with an infectious beat on drums, “Lying Eyes” is going to have you hooked. The cool riffs from Ian McDonald’s guitar really make this track an absolute jewel. I don’t know what it is about “Promises,” but every time I listen to it I get the feeling that I’m in one of those cool-as-the-other-side-of-the-pillow ’70s crime films. Maybe it’s because Scott’s trumpet brings the vibe that fits the mood. A lovesick ballad, “Find My Way Back Home” is a track all about missing the one you love and heading back to them to tell them how much you appreciate them.

If you’re looking for what is bound to be an amazing time, Monophonics will be rocking’ Electric Haze in Worcester, Mass, on April 18. If you’re in the area, head on over and have some fun. Let’s hope they come through Providence soon, but until then, grab a copy of Sound of Sinning when it’s released on April 14. It’ll give you a little pep in your step and some juke in your jive.

Listen to “Lying Eyes” here: soundcloud.com/monophonics/01-lying-eyes-final-mastered-1

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