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monomyth-furtherReleased: September 2014

On the Monomyth website, the Dutch quintet describe themselves as instrumental space kraut stoner rock. Quite what that may be is anyone’s guess – maybe it’s a big deal in Amsterdam, all we know is it’s an overtly long way of saying prog.

Prog may have the connotations of nerdy blokes in capes and wizards hats singing about dungeons and dragons, but gone are the pretensions in which the genre fell on its own sword (excuse the pun).

Prog now is a much slicker beast, albeit one that is still complex, enthralling and frustrating in equal measure. It seems that instrumental bands are beginning to make a name for themselves in the prog marketplace now, with the frankly astonishing success of The Physics House Band so far proof of this.

Monomyth then are cut from that same mould of slowly developing textures, hypnotizing rhythms and without a Lord of the Rings lyric in sight.

Entirely instrumental, the band let Tjerk Stoop and Thomas van den Reydt shine with their clean overlapping guitar melodies weaving between counter rhythms and swirling stabs of Peter van Meer’s mellotron or Hammond organ.

At times capturing psychedelic influences of Hawkwind, and at others the well-oiled prog machine of Porcupine Tree, it is all gourmet stuff.

Across 46 minutes, Further features only four songs, but songs which develop in sonic textures and rhythmic loops. And texture is really what this band is about. Listening to the controlled yet feral charge of Spheres and you will see how the song remains the same, but is somehow an entirely different proposition as it was 12 minutes earlier at the beginning of the song.

Further is a cracking album, encapsulating a world of prog and psychedelic influences across four nicely concocted cocktails of blissful musicianship. Download the Yes meets Spock’s Beard sermon Collision and see what all the fuss is about.

★★★★

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