“Its mystery is its life. We must not let in daylight upon magic.” So said Walter Bagehot of the royal family, words that synthpop duo Monarchy have taken to heart.
Little is known about the two men other than that they’re both Australian expats based in the UK where they have attracted attention doing remixes for Lady Gaga and Ellie Goulding. They appear in public in masks and played their debut concert at Cape Canaveral where they were reportedly the first band to be beamed live into space. Perhaps somewhere deep in Alpha Centauri an alien found itself waving one of its antennae in time to earthling synthpop. For that’s what Monarchy make, sometimes brilliantly – “I Won’t Let Go” sounds like a euphoric reboot of The Communards – but sometimes very ordinarily, as with the sulky “You Don’t Want to Dance With Me”.
Moments of magic, then: but not enough to justify the mystery.
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