Mono town - eye of the storm
  1. In The Eye Of The Storm
  2. I See
  3. Jackie O
  4. Peacemaker
  5. Two Bullets
  6. Yesterday's Feeling
  7. The Deed Is Done
  8. Place The Sound
  9. No More (Shall I Fear You)
  10. Far Away
  11. Can Deny

Once upon a town

Mono Town is a very small village with 3 inhabitants: multi-instrumentalists Börkur Hrafn and his brother Daði Birgisson, and their neighbour Bjarki Sigurðsson, the lead vocalist and guitarist. The 3 Reykja-vikings delivered a debut album called “The Eye Of The Storm”. The self-produced album was recorded in Reykjavík and then shipped to New York to be mixed by the Grammy Award Winner Michael Brauer. The last two singleswere streamed through Deezer with great success.

The album is a melting pot of styles: think the creepiness of Radiohead, the Verve’s sweet bitterness, even sometimes Suede’s stay togetherness. Although not to be confused with a single malt British whisky, but a rather unique one blended with an Americana bourbon.

Eye-catcher “In The Eye Of The Storm” begins as a Simon & Garfunkel tune, meandering and eroding the riverbanks on its way through the canyon. The eye-opener is song 2 “I See”. “Jackie O” has the kick-off of Emilíana Torrini’s song “Gun” and a choir that digs for a Young heart of gold at an Oasis. The fourth track “Peacemaker” is a sort of a horse ride. Song V, “Two Bullets”, is a face-to-face, eye-to-eye Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels duel that ends with a bullet in the head. “Yesterday’s Feeling” has a Brett Anderson sound-alike as eye-witness. Eye-skipping songs are “The Deed Is Done” and “Place The Sound”. Once upon a time, we are back on the back of the Leone & Morricone’s horses in “No More (Shall I Fear You)”, as well as in “Far Away”.  The final song, “Can Deny”, is the highlight of the album, echoing influences of Icelandic pop/rock bands as Leaves and Úlpa, with on top a Sigur Rós meets Led Zeppelin break.

If Baltasar Kormákur makes a Hákarl western, Mono Town has to provide the chilled out score, featuring múm’s Örvar as Harmonica Man.

– Wim Van Hooste