Maine holler-folk quartet The Ghost of Paul Revere will release their new album ‘Monarch’ on October 27th via Kobalt Music Recordings. ‘Monarch’ sees the band stay true to their folksy, harmony-heavy “Avett Brothers with a twist of bluegrass” (The Boston Globe) sound while exploring darker topics through metaphors of art, New England winters, and entomology. Over its eleven-track narrative, ‘Monarch’ makes a powerful statement about positive growth: sometimes rip-your-heart-out pain and chilling isolation are necessary in order to achieve metamorphosis.
Written in locations as diverse as Portland, Philadelphia, and the Great Smoky Mountains, The Ghost of Paul Revere (named after a lingering dream that singer-guitarist Griffin Sherry had in college) knew they wanted to push the sonic envelope with ‘Monarch.’ Drums, cello, and piano were incorporated into their sound, and for the first time, the band recorded each song’s parts separately in order to achieve more intricate and grandiose arrangements. Less-than-obvious inspirations like Radiohead and Led Zeppelin became more prominent, as bassist/singer Sean McCarthy explained that the band’s recording process “enabled us to get a lot more adventurous with our ideas.”
‘Monarch’ opens with “Little Bird,” a lustful foot-stomper complete with an ecstatic finger-pickin’ jam. In “Avalanche,” the album’s weightier themes are introduced as banjo player Max Davis asks, “Where do you bury your past life?” Piano ballad “King’s Road” and penultimate “Welcome Home” delve deeper into themes of insecurity and detachment from home, and a brief detour is taken on Hamburg-era Beatles-esque party anthem “Honey, Please.” Lead single “Montreal,” is the truest crystallization of the album’s ethos. Starting slow, cello weaves in and out of momentum-building drum beats and soft-plucked guitar before the wailing refrain of the chorus: “Are we growing apart or are we growing up?” At the song’s end a climactic crescendo of cellos signals that the anxiety of the chorus has been shattered: growing apart, here, is the key to growing up. “If there’s one takeaway from ‘Monarch,’ it’s that change is inevitable,” says Griffin Sherry. “Lovers, family, friends, instruments, sounds; they all transform with time. The key to thriving and surviving in a challenging world is to embrace those transformations.”
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