Monokino | Human Error

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Human Error

by Monokino

" In the course of a minute, you may hear Soft Cell, New Order, Kraftwerk, Associates, Cabaret Voltaire and Freur. Bonkers. There’s a good line in angry guitar too, nodding a bit to Hook & Albrecht."
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1. New Kid
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2. Move On
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3. Someone Strange
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4. Boring Combination
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5. Machine Gun
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6. Love Songs
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7. I'm Not What I Wanted To Be
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8. Toast
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9. All Of Their Dreams
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10. Are Not You Moved?
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11. Final Plug
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12. New Kid (Piano Version)
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“A really enjoyable LP; one that is choc-full of great synth pop. Human Error boasts some very clever synth arrangements and some pretty remarkable vocal performances too. The lad on vox is very much a fan of Marc Almond, albeit without ever trying to copy any of that chanteuse’s mannerisms. Rather, he bears his heart for all to see on tracks like New Kid I’m Not What I Wanted to Be and Someone Strange. On Boring Combination the classic line is uttered: “Sex Drugs and Rock and Roll/It’s the most boring thing in the world/And I’m here to ruin your night…” Ooofph.

It’s a weird LP, and (as an example) Move On is a very strange song indeed, what with the yearning to be in a crows nest on a ship, and the swirling music lending a slightly Metro-Goldwyn Mayer air to proceedings. And what is Toast about, pray? As said, the synth parts deserve special mention; it’s as if the band has amalgamated every ‘80s synthesizer sound into one large “electronic trifle”… In the course of a minute, you may hear Soft Cell, New Order, Kraftwerk, Associates, Cabaret Voltaire and Freur. Bonkers. There’s a good line in angry guitar too, nodding a bit to Hook & Albrecht.

The slow songs are great; Love Songs is a bobby dazzler, gloomy, introspected, and stripped back to a Gothic grumble that threatens to go all Joe Meek on you.

I find this LP weirdly addictive.” (Incendiary Magazine – July 2009)

“I got Monokino’s newest release Human Error much unexpectedly while they stopped by to play a show in Austin, TX this past spring. I had no idea these guys were from the East where they’ve garnered fans and listeners in countries like China, Germany & Holland, but I might have guessed. Monokino’s latest release is a mix of several creative elements in the musical spectrum, though it is dominated by synthesizers and electronic type beats that steer the path of each song. Human Error is a pseudo-tragic album bringing the talents of three artists together; here we have music with a slight new wave touch, electronic dance and part rock. A mix similar to Xymox, but definitely with its own niche and quirk. The majority of the songs are dreamy or quirky with a unique handle on its own creativity that is promising for future development. Lyric wise, crooner van Wetering, reminds us of the emotions and situations that sometimes bring out our humanity as he sings, like on the first track “New Kid” “The dream is gone… Friends are gone… this heart of mine no, it means nothing to anyone and it means nothing to you” (bonus track is a piano laden version of this song). I liked track 3 and 5 very much though the entire CD is quite pleasant. “Someone Strange” is upbeat with much sound candy and unexpected dynamics via the synthesizers. Vocally, van Wetering is reminiscent of the glory days of Information Society, but tempered with its moodier tones and squeals. “Machine Gun” starts slow enough, sounding somewhat sad if not remorseful, but aurates its way to a mid-tempo, perky tune that is contagiously bright. These guys remind me of a band that escaped with their creativity—nontraditional melodies and voice flirting with electronics and a noir-new wave feel—Human Error is a gem of an album, though I may add, due to its unconventional creativity, I can understand how for some the sound of Monokino may be somewhat acquired. I enjoyed listening to the trio of musicians sharing on this album. I see a bright future for Monokino.” (Over Your Radar – April 2009)

“South by Southwest’s best new bands. ”

“Best all around the world in one band. The co-ed trio Monokino delivered minimalist New Order-style dance rock with guitar, synth and drums by way of China, Holland and Germany.” (Greg Kott – The Chicago Tribune – March 2009)

“The Chinese/Dutch trio of Monokino have just released a new album titled Human Error and it surely is a nice treat! Even more than on their debut album Monokino manages to communicate an original style. The influences of bands such as The Cure and Radiohead are still present, as is the voice of George reminding of Placebo’s Brian Molko, yet the song material is much stronger than before and the album overall has a more varied sound. Striking is also the more prominent role of the piano on this album and this adds the necessary depth in the sound. Monokino seem to easily be able to vary between frolic electropop like in ‘New Kid’, catchy indie songs like ‘Boring Combination’ and bombastic epic tracks like ‘Move On’ or ‘Machine Gun’. This album demonstrates an almost perfect balance between electronic sounds, guitar and the song. Definitely one of the more interesting indie bands coming from The Netherlands these days.” (Gothtronic.com – March 2009)

“Monokino ‘s debut album ‘Human Error’ is full of intense emotions such as yearning and bewilderment. The singer has a special voice, one you will never forget.” (Modern Player, China – December 2008)

“The music is rich, interesting, dancable, and touching, with influences of pop, classical and film music. The singer has a fragile but beautiful voice singing beautiful melodies.” (Fei Yin Yue, China – November 2008)

“Although they are mostly melancholy songs, you might want to cry, but then again, you might want to hear it loud, you might want to dance and sing along with it.” (In Music, China – November 2008)

“Although independent rock with a touch of monstrous electronic dance isn’t so rare, Monokino still has made a brilliant debut, the music is pleasant to hear for a very long time.” (So Rock, issue 81 – November 2008)

“This trio puts down a very unique and idiosyncratic sound, primarily due to the voice of George van Wetering. We hear various influences, OMD, Placebo and even snatches of Joy Division.” (LiveXS – 2008)

“Has certainly got the potential to attract mass appeal outside their home country”

“Very original trio – which is how it should be. Vocals and instruments are in perfect balance and as solid as a house. This is a fun band.”

“Alternative electro-indie from Amsterdam. Very diverse and very, very good. The band has a bit of everything.”

“Very original. They know the perfect balance to affect all parts of the body from the head to the abdomen, to the feet on the floor.”

“Finally a band that is uninhibited and dares to be adventurous.”

“Good mix of then and now. Good recalcitrant contemporary.”

“Every one of their songs is a gem.”

“Good thoughtful and sophisticated arrangements.”

“The playing and the programming are both good. Everything is well balanced.”

“Very melodic and varied.”

“Catchy and compelling”

“Fragile, vulnerable vocals. Nice contrast to the somewhat cooler beats and keyboard sounds. ” (GPVN – 2008)

“Tours in China and big in Amsterdam. On the podium appear super digital devices, behind which a small Chinese girl occupies the space. The singer looks like a college-boy with a hip hairstyle. The first song of the set is explosive. A good basic rock ‘n’ roll riff is supported by freaky noises from the digital samples. The drummer plays on an original looking device, consisting of regular-toms and electronic drum pads. Monokino at the end of their set leave a very good impression. The volume is increasing and the hyperactive drummer is driving the whole delicious sound in the style of Joy Division. The group ends with a nice quiet number, after which the vocalist and keyboard player blow out a solitary candle.” (MusicFrom.nl – 2008)

“I found the boy very vulnerable and both he and that girl are very much in touch with todays sound.” (Het Parool)

“Electronic music isn’t commonly associated with ballads but, owing in part to the pleasing, melodious and high-pitched voice of the singer, George, this duo produced the most original songs of the evening. Songs that linger in the mind and touch the heart.” (Het Parool)

“The duo Monokino has a distinct musical identity. Its the most dominant band of the evening. George has a remarkable voice, reminiscent of Brian Molko (only better). Chinese Yu Jin plays keyboards.” (3voor12)

“The chorus reeks of the Pet Shop Boys and the set as a whole has been spiced up in a rather kitschy way, but oddly enough the combination works surprisingly well. Monokino will show you what most other bands fail to present: a distinct face.” (Studio Brussel)


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