Monograf will release their debut album ‘Nadir’ on March 22nd 2019. An expansive meditation over the longings and confinements of our material(istic) world. 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.
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 poignant melody of Grails, covered in a thin layer of haunting darkness and the super-sombre title track highlight the beauty and depth that Monograf’s debut has. Both tracks are evocative and memorable for the right reasons. The faster rhythm of the former offset by pained vocals and the latter, a tearful tune with impressive violin use.
Such a strong showing doesn’t stop there though as the thought-provoking Golden Calf comes next. The guitars and vocals proving to be very effective, all while the drums sound out a call to arms. Such a powerful message here.
Intermission is a couple of minutes of folkish melodies and soft singing leading into the album closer, Horde. The most downbeat track of an album that is pretty heavy on that. It moves along at a slow pace, really hitting its stride near the halfway mark with group vocals and a wonderful showing from the violin.
The word powerful just doesn’t do it justice.
Monograf – Nadir Full Track Listing:
3. Golden Calf
Monograf - Nadir (Self Released)
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