Bucking the norm and shying from the spotlight similar to the 1990’s Australian underground band TISM, egomunk seeks to let his music speak for itself. Choosing to remain anonymous; no artist, no face behind the music we, the listener, are left with just the music to speak to us. The concept of not knowing the artist and usually therefore the motivation for the music is in some respects very difficult for me to grasp – I’m always interested in the back story and journey. This created a challenge for me in breaking down my expectations and approaching this listening experience differently.
We are told that egomunk is made up of a collective of established artists, led by singer/songwriter egomunk himself. Further each musician involved in the music business under another guise.
The first track off the album Footsteps To Mars is “Sea Snow”, which is raw and haunting in its melody. egomunk’s vocals are dark and rough, evening out with the introduction of a softer female vocal line later in the track.
“Warning Signs” blends more into the mainstream with its chorus and vocals. egomunk appears to be channeling Chris Martin in the vocal line. “Unlucky” melds perfectly with the vocals and unusual instrumentals. The electronica at the end of the track takes you down a rabbit hole and haunts you – reminiscent of a carnival that has gone awry.
Overall the album has a very laid back feeling and sets a heavy mood all whilst keeping an element of lounge cool. egomunk is presenting his music to the world via his website egomunk.com and allowing people to download Footsteps To Mars for a donation, or free. Even more daring is that egomunk is not releasing singles in the strict sense and is allowing the listener choose their own adventure in respect of how they want to experience his work.
Offering a sleek and well produced album that is both haunting as it is intriguing, Footsteps To Mars is worth adding to your playlist.
egomunk – Sea Snow Video
Visit the movement here: egomunk.com