Release Date: May 14, 2021
Record label: Fire Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, New Zealand Rock
Only the mighty Chills could open an album, four decades into their rainbow bright career, with a song about performing primordial pagan rituals and come out with a radio friendly, darkly fizzing summery pop wonder that clocks in at just under three minutes. The memorable chorus of Monolith, which acts as a thank you to fans for his group’s longevity and perhaps takes a dig at one of the great rock bands of the ’60s, has front man Martin Phillipps cheekily chanting “Gimme the power of the ancient Stones / Honour the Monolith”. Adding this irrationally great seventh studio album Scatterbrain to the band’s already extraordinary back catalogue, it appears the elder ones have been listening closely.