Release Date: Sep 16, 2016
Record label: Tapete Records
Outside of death and taxes, little is certain in this increasingly precarious world, but thankfully one can still rely on the quality of a new studio LP by The Monochrome Set. The foppish indie veterans have grasped the nettle especially vigorously since frontman Bid’s near-fatal brain aneurysm in 2010, yet quality has kept pace with their new-found productivity and their two previous titles, Super Plastic City and last year’s Spaces Everywhere rank among their best to date. Knee deep in dashing, erudite pop, the band’s 13th LP Cosmonaut will hardly sully their reputation.
For a band that got its start in the late '70s, the Monochrome Set sound remarkably sprightly on their 2016 album, Cosmonaut. It's their fourth album since main Monochrome man Bid re-formed the band in 2010, and it's also their best since then. With Bid taking over the guitar duties and the readdition of John Paul Moran's vintage keys, the band sounds in tiptop form, smoothly serving up a batch of songs that sound hijacked directly from the mid-'80s.