Originally founded in 2011, Monsterheart (aka Viennese artist Anna Attar) is a one-woman band whose "graveyard pop" aesthetic melds gothy pop melodies with richly complex synthetic rhythms and expresses themselves through a conversational intimacy. Her music can be glammed-up or stripped bare of its pop superficialities, but it never loses its dramatic connection to its audience, that sense of being in-the-moment with whomever is within earshot.
She released her latest record, "Salam," back in December of 2017, but you can still feel its echo lingering in the atmosphere somewhere. It was a little bit of a departure from her debut album, "W," in that it felt as though it had been slightly slowed down in gait and approach. She still evinced a goth-punk swagger across its length, creating a collection of songs that still simmered and crackled with an inborn electricity.
Recently, she teamed up with Lillian Attar to create a video for "Timber," a particularly impressive electronic pop track from "Salam" that elicits comparisons to artists such as Bat for Lashes and Grimes. Brief though it may be, clocking in under 2 minutes, the song manages to create and explore a vast environment of sounds which unfold and wrap themselves loving around your subconscious. The beat follows a martial pattern while synths swirl and envelop your senses; it's both gorgeous and slightly unsettling.
The video follows around a handful of people as they explore busy streets, museums, clothing stores, restaurants and an apartment. It's a snapshot of life without interruption, aided by this glowing musical accompaniment. There's a feeling of spontaneous joy in every frame, of hours passing by without restriction or boundaries. It's a perfect companion to the song's lilting melodies and opaque direction.