Exposé Online banner

Monjoie — And in Thy Heart Inurn Me
(Lizard , 2018, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-12-31

And in Thy Heart Inurn Me Cover art

And in thy heart inurn me” — and so closes John Keats’ poem “You Say You Love.” This last phrase is also the title of Italian band Monjoie’s fourth album, a concept album focussing on the English Romantic poets William Blake, John Keats, and William Wordsworth. The choice of poems, set to music, does not follow a specific historical or literary order. Instead band leader Alessandro Brocchi chose to present Blake’s conflicted relationship with religion and the meanings he gave to infinity, Keats’ alleged love without half measures, and Wordsworth’s elegant and delicate naturalistic design. The result is an engaging set of 15 dream pop songs, some more pop than dream. All of these melancholic songs born from voice and piano, evolve into different directions. Song in unaccented English, Alessandro’s beautifully mellow tenor contributes a suitably gothic ambience. Accompanying Alessandro are keyboards, guitars, bouzuki, flutes, musette, ocarina, organ, synths, bass, percussion, violin, flugelhorn, bass clarinet, double bass, and drums. The flugelhon on a couple of tracks lends a jazzy element similar to Chuck Mangione. Others explore 60s and 70s prog / psych, dancehall steam punk, gothic, and even Italian prog rock. Some of the album highlights include a dreamy rendition of Blake’s “London,” the darkly gothic interpretation of Wordsworth’s “A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal,” the 70s Italian prog reading of Keats’ “The Day Is Gone” that reminded me of Le Orme’s Felona and Sorona, and the beautifully gothic take on Blake’s “Introduction” calling to mind This Mortal Coil, Unto Ashes, and perhaps even Gryphon. Overall a wonderfully sad album that will not make you sad.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Monjoie

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Scenes - Call Us Now at the Number You Provide – Swedish prog metal protagonists Scenes are not a well known commodity on the international scene yet but they are making substantial inroads in that direction with this first label release. The...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues