Mona made their mark first in the UK and then here in the U.S. They did it with their self-titled album in 2011; they promoted it all the way through 2012. Mona, led by frontman Nick Brown, have had a ton of buzz over the past couple of years. Since then the buzz has died down somewhat, but they’re looking to get it back with their new album, Torches and Pitchforks.
Torches and Pitchforks is better than the band’s self-titled album, that’s the first thing you need to know. Brown and the band produce their own music, and they’ve learned some things since making the last album. There’s a large focus on ambience and the production does more justice to the soul in Mona’s music than the last album. That soul is here in spades on this album and it’s got everything to do with Nick Brown. His voice is great, but the way he writes his lyrics is special. He has his his own style. The guitar work on the album also adds a lot of personality to this new album. It’s better than the last and they were tracked perfectly.
Everybody should be ranting and raving about how good this album is but it’s seemingly flying under the radar right now. It’s not perfect, if Mona has a few problems it’s that some times they embellish in the music a little too much, but that’s a welcome trade-off for the music that you get when they’re really on their game. Besides, what would be remedy? To hire a big name producer to shore some of the band’s problems up? That would remove all of the heart that Mona’s music has. If you liked the first record, you’ll love the new Mona album.