Norway - Full Moon 66 - 02/27/02
The second go from this quiet, slow-floating Bergen outfit, who blew a lot of us away with their
stunning debut Something is Like Nothing was 2 1/2 years back.
They amazed critics worlwide, and was even (surprisingly, but well deserved, I'd say) nominated
for a Norwegian Grammy. Anyway, they didn't get it (not surprising). But they should've.
I've been waiting for this one with excitement. Because the last time I saw Monopot play live
(at Blå, a year ago) I wasn't too convinced. Now it seems they've found an even more low-toned,
introvert track, and at first I tend to feel a bit...bored. No, sleepy. The instrumental "Diamant"
(Diamond) opens quite OK, and takes us to the spheres Monopot roam. Next song "Aloft" is more like
the Sometimes is... stuff. One of their really fascinating, moody moments. "Bomb of Bliss"
is delicate, and sounds like a jelly-mud-crawl. Like a slow pop single run on 33 rpm. But. The
oh-so-slow feels a bit too much to handle throughout a full album, even though there are some
very nice moments. The funniest piece is "Sebastian", an almost translucent 'adaption' of Steve
Harley's 70s hit. Excellent. "The Arc and the Beagle" is another track giving you the strong
feeling of some slow-mo, weightless flight. And everything is like a motion picture with extremely
few frames per second. Monopot tread on thin ice while the surface below their feet slowly starts
cracking, but due to their light-toed music, they somehow manage to keep the ice intact. But, as
I've mentioned I get this strong urge for finding a bed. They sound like, uh, an unplugged Mogwai
Optipess is a fitting title for this album (well, for Monopot's music in general): the
sound of optimistic pessimism. Sadness and deep tristesse, but not without glimpses of blue skies
and discreet smiles. Nevertheless, this album is way behind their debut album. Sad but true.
Copyright © 2002 Håvard Oppøyen