Monta : The Brilliant Masses

<img src="https://www.qromag.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/montathebrilliantmasses.jpg" alt=" " />German solo artist Tobias Kuhn, who goes by Monta, has a firm grasp on modern chamber-pop.  On his latest release, <i>The Brilliant Masses</i>, addresses a...
6.4 Klein (Rough Trade)
2007 

 German solo artist Tobias Kuhn, who goes by Monta, has a firm grasp on modern chamber-pop.  On his latest release, The Brilliant Masses, addresses a majority of the themes that a pop record should while encapsulating them in lush, mid-tempo arrangements.  Swooning guitars and violins, soft drumming, and sheepish vocals make this album a pit of quicksand:  if you expend too much energy, you won’t make it out.

Throughout The Brilliant Masses, Monta displays a sensitivity that’s become the hallmark of the metrosexual.  With titles like "There’s A Hole in Your Heart" and "Kiss Goodnight", it’s obvious without even listening that the album has a coffeeshop softness.  Where Monta succeeds, however, is in the layers of unassuming instruments around these wispy lyrics.  Engaging guitar and melodic piano are scattered around every track.

There are a few pop moments on The Brilliant Masses that are difficult to ignore.  "Good Morning Stranger" has a solid hook, as simple as it may be.  "See Me Through Your Eyes" has a cool, lightly-distorted riff and rhythm.  "Kiss Goodnight" features a repetitive tapping beat while Monta’s background vocals neatly back his piano-driven bounce.

A lot of metrosexual style comes from a soft sense of all-aroundness.  Monta’s ability to orchestrate smooth guitars, piano, and mid-tempo beats into a cohesive piece is a testament to his ability.  Like a metrosexual, The Brilliant Masses isn’t going to reach out too hard to grab you, but if it gets a hold, its intricacy is hard to let go of.

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