Mon Khmer: Birthplace
From the first pulsing notes of Mon Khmer’s EP Birthplace, it’s clear that this is another rising Brooklyn act to watch. This debut snakes its way around classification, fusing the slow patience of jazz with dance beats and vocals reminiscent of new wave acts popular in the ‘80s. Fans of atmospheric bands like Interpol or Wolf Parade would do themselves a favor to check out this band before they blow up on an international level.
The vocals on this album are mellow and engaging, but the instrumental “Interlude,” appropriately placed as the fourth song out of six, shows that the group has the musical chops to provide the full package of powerful, seductive indie rock.