Robbie & Mona
Bristol duo share stunning new visuals for ‘Slow Club LUV’
Debut album EW gets first vinyl pressing
Robbie & Mona today share the stunning new visuals for ‘Slow Club LUV’, which comes from the pair’s debut album EW, out now via Spinny Nights (Norman, Lynks, Park Motive). Pre-order the new vinyl here: https://linktr.ee/spinnynights
Like a flickering TV set, ‘Slow Club LUV’ comes through in fragments. Guitars drift in and out of static crackles, while the delicate vocals draw you in, their beauty piercing through the fog. Mona explains: “Slow Club LUV’ was kind of inspired by reading about rivers that deposit gold. It’s about looking for the glint of something special in and amongst dirt, which led to the feeling of staring into the mirror waiting and looking for something impressive to happen. Some songs have a well balanced song structure, but ‘Slow Club LUV’ just moves forward.”
Everything Robbie & Mona create- be it their music or their vision for their films, the energy the pair possess is nothing short of electrifying and everything they work towards exudes that power and electric attribute. The new film delivers a stunning and slightly obscure film to accompany their standout single “Slow Club LUV”. Filled with these sultry textures and dreamy vocals, brooding tones, and a seriously expressive landscape.
Released earlier this year on a limited tape run by Spinny Nights, the band’s album EW is now being reprinted on vinyl, with an exclusive black smoke and clear signed vinyl with Recordstore.co.uk and a red smoke and black variant available from Big Love Records. Order here: https://linktr.ee/spinnynights
Robbie and Mona will also headline Moth Club, London on 9th June, find tickets here: dice.fm/event/qmena-robbie-mona-platonica-erotica-9th-jun-moth-club-london-tickets
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.