The Monochrome Set — Fabula Mendax
(Tapete TR449, 2019, CD / LP / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-03-20
The new Monochrome Set album, Fabula Mendax, is based on manuscripts written in the 15th Century by Armande de Pange, a companion of Joan of Arc. The phrase "fabula mendax" is also Latin for lying. The ten album tracks are filled with haunting melodies spanning styles from the last five decades. There are elements of Celtic jigs blended with steam punk, gothic, and Voltaire. Tracks that stand out for me are “My Little Reliquary, “ “Summer of the Demon,” and the closing track “La Chanson de la Pucelle.” The vampyric references and charnel chiming / rhyming offsets the melodic upbeat songs. Fabula Mendax is both accessible and arcane, upbeat and dark, lush and spare. This is an enjoyable album and that alone demonstrates why, over the years, The Monochrome Set continues gaining new admirers.
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