Monument‘s Goes Canoeing is a late ’90s throwback. Despite the fact that I really don’t want to pigeonhole Monument as a tribute act, when listening to Goes Canoeing, it is certainly difficult not to notice the moments that remind me of other acts. There are some Bright Eyes elements – the trumpet on “Roots Run Deep,” for example – as well as the choral breakdown on “No Sleep, All Play,” that exactly apes the cadence of Piebald’s “Long Nights.”
Here We Are Tomorrow
This is a record that has definitely grown on me. While I was fairly ambivalent on first listen, Annabel‘s Here We Are Tomorrow has shown itself to be a rather wonderful piece of energetic indie rock. Sounding like Piebald with harmonies taken from the Polyphonic Spree, Annabel conjures up big, noisy, indie pop. While getting the rock out, they simultaneously manage to produce songs that sound like the whole audience has already joined in.