Derived from the Italian for mountain, the quartet are a creative collective that sit tall in their saddle, evoking swathes of classical tones, which like an old-fashioned marriage, cannot be undone.
Picture for a second the first time, if ever, you entered a record shop. Sifting through the vintage vinyls of yesteryear as you run your fingers across the tattered creases left by its previous owner. Within the confines of these archaic establishments lay a plethora of genres, coming together to mould the sonic cobweb that governs our musical preferences.
The London-via-Leicester four-piece are an embodiment of this precious nostalgia, leaning on an Abbey Road-esque sonority that engulfs everything from psych-rock to dream-pop. The upshot is a glittering composition that exclaims a tender flow of sweet sly nothings from its core; as crisp as a pile of autumn leaves ready for the warm impending clutches of a flickering bonfire.
Opening to the full bodied jangle of bronzed acoustic strings, frontman Jonny Taylor’s buttery vocals envelop into the fore, painting an elegantly firm and fresh picture of emotional compulsion; its darker complexion masked by the blithe shading in its candid lyrical form.
I guess I cant escape the fact that it’s about the desire to sleep with other people when you’re in a relationship, and the moral dilemma that follows that urge. although I didn’t write it with the intention of it being a song to relate to, i’m sure everyone has experienced this on some form or another. Having written it as a solo artist I always envisaged releasing it with a band – you can hide behind a band. It was four years ago, so having to come to terms with what it means to me, i’m now just really happy to share the song with our listeners.
By detailing the visceral impulses of flirtation, Simpler In The Dark frames the ominous side to the human psyche, yet still retaining an amorous quality. Despite its light hearted demeanour, it refuses to carry a torch for the afflicted whilst rejecting to conform to the structural design of a ballad; bereft of any heart-rending phrases or deep ruminations.
In that respect, classing it as a love song would be slightly out of kilter, but it does retain all the classical qualities of a Yesterday or a Something; colourful but without bordering on gaudy. Produced by Flyte drummer Jon Supran, this firm and fresh take on classic folk rock reveals a glimpse at the remainder of their forthcoming EP Angel, leaving the rest of the project to be as desired as this newest delight.
Having signed to Neil Young and The Black Keys’ publisher, Wixen Music, Montrell continue to radiate an authentic aura of esteem and prowess; and this single serves as a shimmering example of their unequivocal talent.