Brooklyn, NY nuke wave band Monograms (lead by multi-instrumentalist Ian Jacobs) have dropped their new single "Speak And Spell".
The song is taken from their forthcoming new EP 'Floors And Ceilings', set to arrive on June 18 via PaperCup Music.
“Speak & Spell” is a fine case point. Aptly written around the time of the Capitol riots in Washington DC earlier this year, Monograms funnelled the doomsday-like scenes and twitching unrest of the period into his latest work. With a bass riff that pulses like a countdown to the end of days, layers of scattered percussives, dislocated vocals, and overdriven synthesisers build to a critical mass of chaotic and compulsive sounds in delirious meltdown.
As Monograms says: “Speak and Spell was a tune that came together right in the days leading up to and right after the capital riots in January, in DC… Everyday felt like a new catastrophe. Everyone on edge at all times. I know it made me feel kinda crazy and it also felt like a lot of people were being fooled, which is sort of par for the course at times but this felt like a strange new dilema given all the circumstances. As it all unfolded, it almost encapsulated a heavy dose, all at once, of a bunch of other s**t we're all just stuck living in.”
Stream it below.