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Reigning Monarchs - All Summer Singledotdotdotdot
artworkThree tracks from Los Angeles' The Reigning Monarchs in a large, sophisticated sweep of sound. Excellent!
Picks: All Summer Single, Lion and Bones, Attack Sweater Attack

Track by Track Review


All Summer Single dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Trumpets herald the arrival of a splendid, if slightly pompous, instro. Fuzz and reverb, great drums, and pumping bass. The bridges have elements of spy, and the break is echo-driven psychedelic with wonderful drums and a soaring lead line. Very strong!

Lion and Bones dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Lion and Bones" has an unusual stilted rhythm pattern with a sort of old world feel to it. The middle slows and slithers, with horn and dub-echoed rhythm and a bit of meandering ganja psych.

Attack Sweater Attack dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Title aside, "Attack Sweater Attack" is slow and dramatic, with very cool drum work. Ska rhythm guitar rounds out the arrangement. I wasn't initially drawn into this, but by the time I reached the midway point, I was fully engaged.