Monster Florence is back and have announced the details behind their eagerly-awaited new album ‘Master System’, showcased by the new track ‘Midnight Club‘.
Following the enormous support for their 2020 EP ‘Cowboys & Idiots‘, Monster Florence look set to make this new full-length their most impactful to date. Moving on from their more recent offerings, this new collection sees them venture into unexplored territory to deliver a rousing album that blurs the lines of contemporary music, continuing to push their sound ever forward.
Speaking about the new album, they said, “The quick rise of the digital age has opened a sort of Pandora’s box. Some innovations are designed to connect and enhance our lives, and others are a mockery of life itself. We hang digital art on digital walls to impress digital friends, and meanwhile the world burns.”
“Master System delves into the future effects of technology on the world by reaching to the past. Movies like Blade Runner and Total Recall were big inspirations. They imagined a retrofitted vision of the future; one where high-tech flying cars operate over a decayed industrial landscape. That’s something we tried to do with the sound of the album. We have distorted synths woven into full string sections. There are ghostly operatic vocals and saxophones beside robotic vocoders. It’s the idea that the future isn’t sterile and gleaming, but an accumulation of everything that came before.”
“Lyrically there is religious symbolism, epistemology and heartbreak. It’s a twisted love letter to our society and culture. The western world inches ever closer to an inherently digital existence, and the Master System is our idea of that eventuality. What does the human experience look like when completely disconnected from the earth?”
Featuring their newest opus ‘Midnight Club’, this new endeavour marks another fine example of their progressive direction to date. Matching warm and ethereal atmospheres with their own energetic flows throughout, their latest release perfectly illustrates the forward-thinking approach they have embedded within their forthcoming studio album.
Adding about ‘Midnight Club’, the band’s Jonny Poole said, “Inspired by our collective love for the video game ‘Midnight Club’. We wanted to create a sound pallet that had a modern spin on retro arcade games. Using exclusively analogue synths and vintage drum machine samples, tying into the overall running theme of the album.”
While Wallace Rice added, “The song felt pacey, upbeat and urgent. It had a carefree element and I pictured myself in an organised street race with no stakes. The bystanders were my family and friends, and we all felt a togetherness.”
‘Master System’ Tracklist:
2. Bad Graphics
5. Relax Featuring John Cooper Clarke
6. Somewhere (Interlude)
8. If Dreams Could Be Sold (Interlude)
9. Midnight Club
10. Jiggy Jiggy Featuring Dame
11. Tin Foil Girl
12. Wolf In A Woolly Hat
13. Do The Birds Still Sing In Hell? Featuring Louis The Hippie