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Classic Album Review: Monaural | Monitor Interference

The Michigan space trio leave plenty of space in their otherworldly sound.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Too many performers think music is all about what you play; only a few understand that what you don’t play is just as important.

One band that get it is spacey Michigan instrumental trio Monaural. That’s spacy as in otherworldly. And as in roomy. Their vast, uncluttered excursions allow plenty of elbow room for soaring synths, whooshing effects and echoing drums. Not to mention exploratory side trips into acid-prog, funky electro-jazz and even ambient dub. No matter where they wander off to, however, Monaural always seem at home in their own little world.