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Timothy Monger

Michigan-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Timothy Monger began playing music in his teens, working on homemade four-track recordings with his older brother James Monger and assorted friends, some of which were later privately released on cassette under the name the Original Brothers of Love. The brothers officially formed the Original Brothers and Sisters of Love with a third songwriter, Greg McIntosh, in 1996, and relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the group's decidedly creative and postmodern folk-rock approach to songwriting and arrangements earned them a local following. TOBOSOL's debut album, The Legende of Jeb Minor, was released on New York's Telegraph label in 2000, revealing a band with three solid writers who merged a kind of Midwestern Appalachia with solid pop smarts and an offbeat, refreshing lyrical sense. Their second album on Telegraph, H.O.M.E.S., Vol. 1, appeared in 2001, and expanding in a more pop direction, drew comparisons to bands like XTC. The band morphed into Great Lakes Myth Society in 2004 while maintaining the same fresh musical approach, and released Great Lakes Myth Society on Boston's Stop, Pop, and Roll label in 2005. Meanwhile, Monger, with a backlog of songs, had begun working on a side solo project, resulting in the song cycle Summer Cherry Ghosts, which came out on Monger's own No Bitings label in 2004 -- it was also released the following year in Japan on the Trolley Bus label with additional tracks. Wonderfully orchestrated baroque pop, Ghosts recalls the great Beach Boys album Pet Sounds in its whimsical, nostalgic, and tuneful recollection of summers past, and includes a version of brother James' delightful "Crime on a Summer Day," which fits seamlessly into the sequence. In 2006, GLMS signed on with Quack! Media, a multimedia music and publishing outfit located in Ann Arbor; the group's second album, Compass Rose Bouquet, was released through Quack! in July 2007, followed by a limited-edition single in 2008. The following year, Monger began work on his second solo release with a newly assembled backing band. Recorded primarily at a farm in the rural town of Britton, Michigan, The New Britton Sound was released in June 2011 on Monger's own Northern Detective label. Over the next few years, he remained busy working on a variety of projects, doing session work, and reuniting with GLMS for a handful of shows. Monger's third solo release, 2017's Amber Lantern, combined subtle synth textures with elements of psych, folk, and power pop.
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