The vocals on Monday Surgeons' Spirited Awasteland // Desperate Living are so blurred by delay that they almost resemble a repeating phantasm accompanied by spectral keyboards. The first side of this release sounds like someone took an old electronic score for a dystopian science-fiction film, put it to tape, left it under the car seat in the heat of summer, and then sampled that and added ghostly instruments over a warped rhythm track. Side two is brighter, more vivid, tonally effervescent and ethereal — like music for a natural setting away from the industrial smog of side one. Here the album breaks into a psychedelic pop-ballad opera, making for one of the oddest and most fascinating turns on an already strange release. At the end, what you have is Swans-esque, with lo-fi production fueling a sense of industrial menace.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene with music features, additional online music listings and show picks. We'll also send special ticket offers and music promotions available only to our Music Newsletter subscribers.
More MUSIC News
- Shows, Shows, Shows: A Glimpse of Rhinoceropolis Through Flier Art
Thu., May 14, 8 p.m.
Sat., May 16, 8 p.m.
Fri., May 15, 8 p.m.
Fri., May 22, 8 p.m.
- Tom Hagerman Talks About the CSO's New Collaboration with Local Artists
- Every New Denver Concert Announcement