A few months after giving birth to their debut full-length effort called ‘Nadir’, Norwegian quintet blending post-rock, nu-classical and traditional folk music Monograf just re-released the album for digital extended worldwide release through Throne Of Bone Recordings and the main legal services (iTunes, Spotify & co).
In addition to this official announcement, the band which also unveiled an official music video of the song “The Golden Calf” will play in about two weeks at Vivid – A Post-Rock Festival (in Norway) next to bands such as And So I Watch You From Afar, Long Distance Calling or Nordic Giants.
Monograf uniquely combines post-rock with the darker part of Norwegian folk music and have one musical goal: to create a Norwegian rock sound without overused clichés. They’ve existed in the underground
of Oslo for many years and have been crafting their debut album over a long period of time.
The album is recorded and produced by the songwriter Erik over a fouryear period in a church, a hundred year-old community center, an art-school, two studios and a host of apartments in Oslo.
Nadir means lowest point. The record is an extensive meditation over money’s power over us. Do we enjoy it? Do we worship it? What are the consequences? Our Earth is small, and it’s boiling, and everything we do has consequences far beyond what we can see.
In our modern world everything should happen fast and efficiently, but can we find our patience again? Are there values we can’t put a price tag on? The violin’s distorted sound echoing across a desperate and desolate musical landscape paint these pictures, but also shows us hope.
There are big variations in soundscapes; heavier song with mighty crescendos, but also intimate and stripped-down songs where the lyrics come to the foreground.