Robbie & Mona
Bristol duo share performance ‘Live from Rodborough Church’
Debut album EW out nowvia Spinny Nights
Robbie & Mona have shared a stunning session from Rodborough Parish Church to celebrate the one month anniversary of the duo’s debut album EW, released via Spinny Nights (Lynks, Grove, Norman.)
The Bristol pair strip back their dense dream-pop sound, allowing their expertly crafted songs to shine through. Backed by just a piano, and within the atmospheric yet intimate confines of Rodborough Church, the pair retain the ethereal, other-worldly essence that makes their debut album EW such a captivating listen.
This stunning live performance will utterly mesmerize you. The haunting vocal harmonies flowing with the bold keys and resonating in the captivating surroundings. The live performance tackles a stripped-back version to their immense new record and showcases the delicate tones and emotive deliverance. When the pair break the intensity with a sudden infliction of laughter too, you appreciate the musicians’ character and the power of their performance. A reflective performance that captures Robbie & Mona in this intimate light the live performance offers fragile movements and harrowing harmonies. Powerful!
Robbie & Mona is couple-duet, William Carkeet and Eleanor Gray, who have found a surreal creative outlet making their scrap-book glitch pop with each other. They craft erratic and psychedelic dream-pop which subverts the indistinct haze that often plagues the genre.
The project began with William offering to produce Eleanor’s second solo album, which quickly transcended into the beginning of Robbie & Mona. The majority of EW was recorded in the cellar underneath Bristol’s most legendary independent venue, The Louisiana, with additional recordings made in their bedroom.
EW experiments fearlessly with sonic textures and song structures, and yet the songs can still carry the emotional weight of a Magic Radio ballad. While the overall vibe of the record takes many cues from dream pop and lo-fi indie, nothing is certain on first listen. EW expertly toes the line between deep emotional resonance and alienating disarray.
Each instrument takes on multiple personalities throughout the album, bringing harmony in some places, tearing it apart in others. Synthesisers can roar and woosh around tempered programmed drums, or crackle and gurle amid tender pop hooks. Brass instruments can create a searingly sweet climax or a sleazy comedown from a glitchy frenzy. Guitars are used sparingly, only entering the equation when essential.
Both Robbie & Mona are members of Bristol’s emo-indie collective, Pet Shimmers, most recently back from supporting Alex G on his UK/EU tour. EW sees them tear around their self made studio like kids in a candy shop, taking full advantage of their freedom from a traditional band structure. More influenced by film than music, pictures such as Daisies by Vera Chytilova, Blue Velvet by David Lynch and La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini all play an influencing role on their music.
Taking a more theatrical and minimalist approach to their live shows, Robbie & Mona focus heavily on visuals and atmosphere, rather than performing the songs with complete accuracy. Some sets have been pre recorded and played on vintage video equipment on stage, with the band watching amongst the crowd.
A small cohort of cherry picked live outings have led to multi-media shows with the likes of Sean Nicholas Savage, Holy Drug Couple, Purple Pilgrims and Oro Swimming Hour.
EW is out via Spinny Nights, order here: https://robbieandmona.bandcamp.com/album/ew
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