"I’m a seeker in this world. I am a visitor on earth. I’m a rebel in my own war. I am a dreamer still unsure."
Those are the words of Swedish musician Sofia Mono, and they paint a portrait of an artist in search of some greater existence and understand. Through a concentrated storm of psychedelic pop, not unlike the worlds traversed by bands like Fairport Convention and Pearls Before Swine, she conjures pastoral images filled with gorgeous melodies and jangling rhythms. Her music embraces its infectious influences, providing the perfect platform for her swirling vocal turns and jittery pop machinations.
She'll be releasing her debut EP, "Monostic," sometime this spring. All the songs were recorded live in Beard Sounds Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden. The title was chosen after she took a trip to Australia to attend the Woodford Festival there. She recorded a monk throat singing on a mountain, and that voice memo inspired her to perceive the word "monostic" as being "the search for spirituality within oneself, alone together with others -- a more alone form of aloneness."
"I collect memories in songs and sounds," she explains regarding the process of creating "Monostic." "My phone is filled with the sounds of busy airports, mother nature, highways, crowded festivals, dogs barking, insects buzzing, old mechanical machines and more. My ears are in a way also my eyes. With my ears, I experience the world through my language: sound." She goes on to say, "I’ve created schizophrenic choirs on top of my desperate songs. It’s like inner voices of the world, past lives and worlds to come, painted in a punk vibe. I call it 'Black Magic Spirituals.'"
On her new single, "Gravity Law," she tangles her voice inside a psych-pop landscape where drums breezily slide past and guitars shimmer in the light of a low evening. There's a wistfulness that underscores the idea that you need to keep yourself grounded when your thoughts threaten to spiral out of control. Influenced by the free-form pop and folk creativity of the '60s, she molds this song into something that holds a particular reverence for her inspirations while also adapting those same sounds to suit the needs of her own limitless imagination.