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'Masha' by Mono in VCF

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Mono in VCF Returns to AM Radio

Mono in VCF Returns to AM Radio

'Masha' by Mono in VCF

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Wednesday's Pick

  • Song: "Masha"
  • Artist: Mono in VCF
  • CD: Mono in VCF
  • Genre: Pop

Mono in VCF explores a musical landscape in which Massive Attack meets Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis. courtesy of Mono in VCF hide caption

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Influenced by Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, and by the Mooged-out sounds of the '60s and '70s, Mono in VCF explores a musical landscape in which Massive Attack meets Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis, with touches of John Barry and The Walker Brothers.

The moody, cinematic "Masha" draws from trip-hop and old soul in equal measure, with lazy grooves and a sing-along chorus tipping their hat to the days of AM radio. "Love is all I seek / but it's gone, it's lost at sea," frontwoman Kim Miller sings, her sultry vocals complementing the easy brilliance of the band's cinematic pop. At times, the bittersweet resignation brings to mind Terry Jacks' 1974 hit "Seasons in the Sun" — which should come as no surprise, given that "Masha" features a rare appearance by Jacks himself.

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