Here is the one outstanding thing about Walltapper’s Monaco – the first track genuinely sounds joyous.
I think I’ve just taken one too many trips to the murky under/dreamworld when listening electronic music lately. That stuff is well and good and I enjoy it plenty but I’ve also no real desire to live my life solely in a symbolist painting or German expressionist film.
Listening to Monaco really is, for me, the equivalent of getting outside and doing something in the sun. It just feels good. It’s uplifting without being trite. What the secret is, is the attachment to the human element. This isn’t experimental electronic, it’s more of the electronic jazz, like what Wagon Christ in some respects. It’s the grounding in the human element, voice samples, piano, horn, that give Monaco it’s sunny qualities. Although it’s downright silly at times, Monaco has this near-constant 60s jazz vibe running throughout. I always like that kind of thing, because it reminds me there was an era before cynicism crushed every non-cynical response to anything out of everyone.
This is honestly something I feel we all need more of in our lives.