You won’t be forgetting this Wonderland gone horror masterpiece from the genius of the sultry Vukovar and innovative composer Michael Cashmore in a hurry!
Being the second album to be released this year by Vukovar, and the sixth total since their 2014 debut, you would be forgiven for thinking that maybe their material would be beginning to sound repetitive, but this is not the case. In fact, their most recent record Monument is incredible. Monument is the result of the collaboration between Vukovar and Michael Cashmore, one of Britain’s most influential composers, known especially for his eclectic work. This brand new album boasts delicate vocals, steady beats, and synthetic tones, and it comes together wonderfully to create a Wonderland gone horror.
The opening track This Brutal World features a quote from Alice in Wonderland which plays over gentle chimes that sound straight out of a child’s nursery. It’s gothic and yet calming at the same time. Soon follows the cacophony of deep, echoing voices that reverberate around you and engulf you completely. They’re barely recognisable at times, and you’re forced to just sit back and take it all in. Little Gods offers us a far different tone, edging on alternative pop with a definite hint of an 80s vibe. Its upbeat and rhythmic and is a personal favourite of mine. The eleven-minute-masterpiece opens with gothic vocals and an ominous beat before, at seven minutes in, we’re met with a wail of instruments. It’s horrific, beautiful, and melancholic all in one, and it could do anyone proud as the soundtrack to a horror film.
You can’t talk about the beauty of Monument without talking about the finale track Nein, mein Engel, nein, which translates to ‘No, my angel, no’. It’s unnerving, to say the least. The voices seem so close to you that it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that there really were two men stood just over your shoulder, whispering so close to your ear you can feel their breath. And the overlap between the voices only solidifies the uncanniness of the closing track.
Monument is a gothic gem, and it’s not one to be missed. It’s a heavy, dark, and twisted masterpiece, and the success of the collaboration between the two music legends leaves us all wondering why they didn’t get together sooner. Monument is now also out on vinyl as a double LP, as well as available for streaming on Spotify. If I were you, I’d give it a listen.