Monogatari is sprung from the mind of the composer and musician Sebastian Ungh. Located in southern Sweden he produces instrumental music with a wide range of influences. It's mainly based in a sort of rootsy tradition, but mixes that freely with electronica, kraut, progressive music, classic composition and indie to create a sound world of its own.
Sebastian is playing a great many instruments and often mixes guitar, charango, synthezisers, keyboards, flutes, whistles, recorders, ronroco, melodica, banjo, bouzouki, violin, accordion, ukelele, kalimba, saz, toy piano, stylophone, harmonium, organ, khaen, drums and percussion.
When Monogatari released it's first album, "It may have seemed like a sign of hope that the birds followed them out into the vastness of the open sea", 2008, it got some enthusiastic rewievs in swedish media. It was highly reccomended by the acclaimed folk/jazz magazine Lira and were called "one of the ten best albums of the year" in the music magazine groove.
"One Step Forward and Two Steps Back" is the first record in a trilogy released 2013. The music in this album is totally acoustic and mainly based around string instruments like ukelele, charango, guitar, saz, bouzouki and banjo.
The trilogys' second album "It's Almost Like a Dance." centers around the rock n roll fundament guitar, bass and drums and the last cd in the series "Come On, Lets Shake It!" will be full of various digital and analog synthezisers.
All the instruments on the "One Step Forward and Two Steps Back" are played by Sebastian Ungh, who also is the composer.