Mona is one of those bands that surprises you over and over again. Having released 2 studio albums and a number of alias’ like “Smoke & Jackal”, the band have now released this exuberant cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me”. I’m a huge fan of their self-titled, critically acclaimed debut album as well as their follow up “Torches & Pitchforks” so the self-imposing bar has been set to a very high standard.
Those distinctive vocals by Nick Brown carry this record onto another level and his dramatic voice almost hints at a theatrical context. Even though the production is outstanding, this song plays on your heartstrings more than anything. Employing large amounts of reverb with respect to the percussion, Mona has created a big-roomed styled listening experience of the highest class. The build up throughout is so intense that it’s almost guaranteed to leave you with goosebumps.
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