Australian synth-pop duo Monarchy has today released their highly awaited third studio album ‘Mid:Night’.
The two lead singles from the album, Hula Hoop 8000′ and ‘Mid:Night’, have so far amassed over 5 million plays across streaming platforms.
Over the years, Ra Black & Andrew Armstrong, otherwise known as Monarchy, have become one of pop music’s most exciting duos with their own unique brand of euphoric synth-pop. Throughout their career, the London-based band have garnered numerous accolades and achievements. The band has two previous records under their belt, 2011’s ‘Around the Sun’ and 2015’s ‘Abnocto’.
Comprising of 8 distinctive vocal-led tracks which explore a variety of themes such as sex, love, lust, conflict and classism, ‘Mid:Night’ is a stand-out collection of playful, uplifting and undeniably catchy sounds.
The band describe the album as “slightly French, synth wave, cruisy”
“We got bored of being moody and serious, and wanted to have some fun,” says the duo. “In a way, I feel we’ve gone full circle, and we’ve gone back to the sound of our very first track from 2009. Kind of slightly French, synth wave, cruisy, a night track. This album really gets that sound, and I think fine tunes it. I like that it’s super short as well. It’s like a nice moment, that doesn’t overstay its welcome.”
The album opens with the impressive ‘Back To The Start’ with its upbeat chord progression and infectious vocals, followed by the slickly produced synth-led funk of ‘Deep Cut’. Elsewhere, there’s the electro-tinged pop workout ‘Get Into The Night’, the erotic tour de force ‘Deadset Lust’ with its 70s disco and French Kiss references, and the LP’s first two singles ‘Mid:Night’ & ‘Hula Hoop 800’.
The album concludes in suitable style with two seductive songs in the form of the smooth 80s-esque ‘Racies Cousin’ in which racism and classism are personified, and the aural sexathon ‘Cumming Coma’ which brings the album to its climax.
‘Mid:Night’ is available now at all Digital stores. The album is also released on CD and limited-coloured vinyl.