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O Monolith

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Ultra-fresh, verging on esoteric, O Monolith's music is definitely not the most easily digestible - as its name suggests - no doubt as it is largely born on stage. After Warp released the harsh and, let's face it, more predictable punk of Bright Green Field in 2021, Ollie Judge (vocals, drums), Louis Borlase (guitar), Arthur Leadbetter (keyboards), Laurie Nakivell (bass, horns) and Anton Pearson (guitar, vocals) have followed up with a second LP the same year, up to 80% of it generated through live improvisation on stage at the Fieldwork Tour. The principle was simple: the quintet would tour the most remote parts of the British countryside in search of unsuspecting audiences, creating new songs in between performances of tracks from their previous LP. It was a creative process reversed, from which a series of gut-wrenching insights far removed from conventional formats were able to emerge.


It was in Bristol that the compositions crystallised, and then in Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios, nestled between stone walls and green valleys in picturesque Wiltshire, that the five Englishmen recorded their creations. In the hands of genre specialist Dan Carey (Toy, Fontaines D.C, Geese, Warmdusher), O Monolith has taken the form of a lively, turbulent rock at the frontiers of the experimental, where nothing is set in stone. On the contrary, everything seems to be in motion, bubbling (Devil's Den), chopped up (The Blades) or weightless (Siphon Song). Nothing is expected. The vocals are choral, sung or robotic; no longer just shouted. But be warned, Squid knows how to turn up the post-punk bass (If You Had Seen The Bull's Swimming Attempts You Would Have Stayed Away), the hypnotic synth loops (Swing (In A Dream)) or the purring brass (After The Flash) to stir up the complex allure of this highly sensitive album. Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz

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1
Swing (In A Dream)
00:04:29

JOHN MCENTIRE, Mixer - Dan Carey, Producer - Heba Kadry, MasteringEngineer - BMG, MusicPublisher - Squid, MainArtist - Arthur Leadbetter, Composer - Ollie Judge, Composer - Laurie Nankivell, Composer - Louis Borlase, Composer - Anton Pearson, Composer - Dom Shaw, Engineer

2023 Warp Records 2023 Warp Records

2
Devil’s Den
00:03:05

JOHN MCENTIRE, Mixer - Dan Carey, Producer - Heba Kadry, MasteringEngineer - BMG, MusicPublisher - Squid, MainArtist - Arthur Leadbetter, Composer - Ollie Judge, Composer - Laurie Nankivell, Composer - Louis Borlase, Composer - Anton Pearson, Composer - Dom Shaw, Engineer

2023 Warp Records 2023 Warp Records

3
Siphon Song
00:05:58

JOHN MCENTIRE, Mixer - Dan Carey, Producer - Heba Kadry, MasteringEngineer - BMG, MusicPublisher - Squid, MainArtist - Arthur Leadbetter, Composer - Ollie Judge, Composer - Laurie Nankivell, Composer - Louis Borlase, Composer - Anton Pearson, Composer - Dom Shaw, Engineer

2023 Warp Records 2023 Warp Records

4
Undergrowth
00:06:35

JOHN MCENTIRE, Mixer - Dan Carey, Producer - Heba Kadry, MasteringEngineer - BMG, MusicPublisher - Squid, MainArtist - Arthur Leadbetter, Composer - Ollie Judge, Composer - Laurie Nankivell, Composer - Louis Borlase, Composer - Anton Pearson, Composer - Dom Shaw, Engineer

2023 Warp Records 2023 Warp Records

5
The Blades
00:06:28

JOHN MCENTIRE, Mixer - Dan Carey, Producer - Heba Kadry, MasteringEngineer - BMG, MusicPublisher - Squid, MainArtist - Arthur Leadbetter, Composer - Ollie Judge, Composer - Laurie Nankivell, Composer - Louis Borlase, Composer - Anton Pearson, Composer - Dom Shaw, Engineer

2023 Warp Records 2023 Warp Records

6
After The Flash
00:05:34

JOHN MCENTIRE, Mixer - Dan Carey, Producer - Heba Kadry, MasteringEngineer - BMG, MusicPublisher - Squid, MainArtist - Arthur Leadbetter, Composer - Ollie Judge, Composer - Laurie Nankivell, Composer - Louis Borlase, Composer - Anton Pearson, Composer - Dom Shaw, Engineer

2023 Warp Records 2023 Warp Records

7
Green Light
00:04:23

JOHN MCENTIRE, Mixer - Dan Carey, Producer - Heba Kadry, MasteringEngineer - BMG, MusicPublisher - Squid, MainArtist - Arthur Leadbetter, Composer - Ollie Judge, Composer - Laurie Nankivell, Composer - Louis Borlase, Composer - Anton Pearson, Composer - Dom Shaw, Engineer

2023 Warp Records 2023 Warp Records

8
If You Had Seen The Bull’s Swimming Attempts You Would Have Stayed Away
00:05:14

JOHN MCENTIRE, Mixer - Dan Carey, Producer - Heba Kadry, MasteringEngineer - BMG, MusicPublisher - Squid, MainArtist - Arthur Leadbetter, Composer - Ollie Judge, Composer - Laurie Nankivell, Composer - Louis Borlase, Composer - Anton Pearson, Composer - Dom Shaw, Engineer

2023 Warp Records 2023 Warp Records

Album review

Ultra-fresh, verging on esoteric, O Monolith's music is definitely not the most easily digestible - as its name suggests - no doubt as it is largely born on stage. After Warp released the harsh and, let's face it, more predictable punk of Bright Green Field in 2021, Ollie Judge (vocals, drums), Louis Borlase (guitar), Arthur Leadbetter (keyboards), Laurie Nakivell (bass, horns) and Anton Pearson (guitar, vocals) have followed up with a second LP the same year, up to 80% of it generated through live improvisation on stage at the Fieldwork Tour. The principle was simple: the quintet would tour the most remote parts of the British countryside in search of unsuspecting audiences, creating new songs in between performances of tracks from their previous LP. It was a creative process reversed, from which a series of gut-wrenching insights far removed from conventional formats were able to emerge.


It was in Bristol that the compositions crystallised, and then in Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios, nestled between stone walls and green valleys in picturesque Wiltshire, that the five Englishmen recorded their creations. In the hands of genre specialist Dan Carey (Toy, Fontaines D.C, Geese, Warmdusher), O Monolith has taken the form of a lively, turbulent rock at the frontiers of the experimental, where nothing is set in stone. On the contrary, everything seems to be in motion, bubbling (Devil's Den), chopped up (The Blades) or weightless (Siphon Song). Nothing is expected. The vocals are choral, sung or robotic; no longer just shouted. But be warned, Squid knows how to turn up the post-punk bass (If You Had Seen The Bull's Swimming Attempts You Would Have Stayed Away), the hypnotic synth loops (Swing (In A Dream)) or the purring brass (After The Flash) to stir up the complex allure of this highly sensitive album. Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz

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