I Monster are Sheffield-based duo Dean Honer (All Seeing I) and Jarrod Gosling. They describe their sound as “pop, psychedelic, rock, other stuff” where “other stuff” might include Vaudeville, trip-hop, jazz, R&B, and strange electronica from the fifth dimension. I Monster’s third album A Dense Swarm Of Ancient Stars was my favourite album of 2009 — a truly brilliant release, it’s one of those rare perfect gems that pops up once in a while to restore your faith in music. Amongst a busy production schedule (The Chanteuse & The Crippled Claw and, if rumours are to be believed, The Human League), next up for the boys is spin-off project Skywatchers with début album The Skywatchers Handbook due for release in September. I asked Jarrod to let us know his Top 10 favourite songs. He replied with the following selection: ten tracks he loves covering a mixture of styles (“otherwise I would be biased towards progressive rock tracks!“)
I’m not a huge huge Elvis fan, but this number is just the business when it comes to beautiful balladry. Perfect.
2. Genesis — Blood On The Rooftops
Melodic progressive rock territory and perfection personified. So atmospheric. Just listen to the Mellotron chords in the verses.
3. The Stranglers — Golden Brown
4. Soft Machine — Moon In June
This half Robert Wyatt, half Softs performance from Third really hits the spot when it comes to classic English whimsy. There’s a million great songs within the first half of the track alone.
5. Anthrax — A.I.R.
A slight shift in style! Opening track from the fantastic Spreading The Disease album, when thrash was young.
6. ABBA — Eagle
I loved this when it flew out of my parent’s stereo speakers back in ’78. The nearest they got to prog rock? Probably. Whatever, but it soars.
7. Cardiacs — All His Geese Are Swans
8. America — Horse With No Name
Crosby, Stills And Nash-styled classic. So simple, so effective.
9. Grandaddy — The Crystal Lake
I’m glad Jason Lytle is still recording.
10. David Bowie — Space Oddity
Everyone has a favourite Bowie: this is mine. COSMIC! Oh, and there’s some tasty Mellotron in there too.
- My Top 10 — I Monster, featuring 9 of Jarrod’s 10 chosen tracks (Cardiacs aren’t on Spotify yet)
- Listen to I Monster on Spotify