MICHAELA MELIÁN: Monaco CD/LP Monika Enterprise
This is Michaela’s 3rd solo release continuing a theme of geographically based albums. Made up of largely acoustic instrumentation, layered into loops, this F.S.K bassist has a lot to offer lighter electronic enthusiasts, as well those who entertain classical music.
There is a droning beauty to much of ‘Monaco’, as is displayed on the hypnotic ‘Place Stalingrad’. Each individual track does take the listener away to wherever she has focussed the music thematically.
The most peculiar and unexpected song on this album is a vocally deadpan rendition of David Bowie’s ‘Scary Monsters’; where Michaela lays tribute well to one of her all time heroes and is the only song on this album with vocals. Personally I have never been a big fan of Bowies work in any guise, no matter how talented he is; but this cover version does break up the pace of ‘Monaco’, which at times becomes a tad dreary by the weight of its own solemnness.
Overall, this latest work is a decent place to start if you haven’t heard anything previous by the artist. Whilst lacking a little in the excitement stakes, there is much to be gained on here if you like contemplating life through a rain drizzled windowpane; of which I sometimes do.