Album review: MONOH by MONOH
Quiet Love Records
MONOH is the debut, self-titled EP from MONOH, Roger Odermatt’s solo project focusing primarily on the use of sitar. The EP follows the parting between the artist and his mentor, which is felt through the sitar being a grounding force among an otherwise wide range of instruments and sounds, bringing each track to its artistic focal point.
The tracks are long, with three out of the five of them being upwards of six minutes. The third track, ‘Panjaam,’ is just over nine minutes and is the driving force behind the EP. The length of the track gives Odermatt bountiful time to showcase his skill and creativity. Although each song flows smoothly into the next, they are each distinctly their own satisfying track. The only thing that could have bolstered this album is a sporadic use of a vocal presence. The narrative of the EP is indisputably in the composition of each track, but from an album that is self described as feeling like “a little Indian street food stall” by Bandcamp, vocal harmonizing in a track or two would have t right in. Overall, MONOH is a beautiful musical experience that will leave you satisfied yet wanting more.
– Jenna Tytgat