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The Monochrome Set — Maisieworld
(Tapete TR401, 2018, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-03-07

Maisieworld Cover art

As a companion to their recent boxed set of early material, Tapete has just released a brand new Monochrome Set album, Maisieworld. Over three decades later The Monochrome Set continues to produce intelligent kaleidoscopic psychedelic pop music. For this release the band takes you to Maisieworld, a progression of songs interlaced with Bid’s signature vocals, Hammond organ, lead guitar solos, female backing vocal harmonies, saxophone, trumpets, trombones, banjo, and mandolin. The music resonates with catchy tunes, puns, and Bid’s twisted sense of humor. Cast your eyes upon “Oh Yes, I’m Going to Be in Your Dreams Tonight,” an unsettling, creepy title that is a bizarre pop psych stalker / love song. There is also “Mrs. Robot,” a retro New Wave song about robot love / sex, the subject recalling Roxy Music’s “In Every Dream Home a Heartache.” And the title track is completely different from the other nine songs on the album. “Maisieworld” is a happy, upbeat pseudo-minstrel music hall song with banjo and mandolin that closes with a carousel music outro. And to add to the bizarreness of the music is the bronzed Barbie doll, Maisie (?), on the cover art. Bottom line, if you are a Monochrome Set fan, you will be very happy with Maisieworld. If you have yet to experience their music, Maisieworld is an excellent entry point to their unique addictive blend of retro New Wave, pop, psych, and progressive rock.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): The Monochrome Set

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