There is so much right about the song “Strangers” by Young Monarch. Urgent, exciting, and powerful are all words that could be used to describe the song “Strangers”. The use of effects is subtle but noticeable with some of the sounds being played in reverse, it doesn’t necessarily add to the prosody of the lyrical but creates a sense of interest within a listener. Already having released two singles to fairly good success this act hailing from Manchester, U.K. is one to keep an eye on for sure as they continue pushing artistic boundaries. “Strangers” is no exception to the exceptional music they’ve already released.
“Rapidly becoming one of Manchester’s worst kept secrets, Young Monarch effortlessly combine electronics and classical instrumentation with an idiosyncratic vocal delivery that elevates them head and shoulders above any of their contemporaries.
Written while driving around the roads of singer Rebecca Lewis’ native Jersey, harbouring a narrative that stems from the universally resonate feeling of unexpectedly meeting a former love interest, only for them to act as if they’ve never met you, ‘Strangers’ is the new single from the Manchester-based four-piece, and the latest to cement them not only as one of the country’s most ambitious young bands, but also one of the most emotionally beguiling and sonically engaging.
It’s not just the public that are sitting up and paying attention however. Radio play from the likes of BBC Introducing, both in Manchester and Jersey, not to mention the world premiere of ‘Strangers’ itself coming courtesy of Radio X’s John Kennedy, have seen the band’s visibility grow, while support slots with the likes of Gypsy Kings and Tokio Myers at acclaimed venues such as Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, as well as various festival appearances including Dot to Dot and Weekender Festival – the latter of which saw the band share the Main Stage with Rita Ora and the up and coming Sigrid- have done nothing to hamper an already burgeoning reputation and their snowballing fanbase. This, coupled with their first headline tour (in association with Scruff of the Neck and Live Nation) has lay the foundations for 2019 to be theirs for the taking.
Deeply nuanced and utterly irresistible, Young Monarch are a band for whom conventions mean little. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Woman’s Hour, and London Grammar, there’s an inherent melancholy and maturity about the band that belies their young years, and is manifest in their refusal to bay to the conventions of any one genre, resulting in a form of post-pop that’s as confident and ambitious as it is delicate and refined.”