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Friday, Apr 29 2016 | 02:26
Image: 1603714 Crew Love present Half Naked the newest long player from Nick Monaco.

Tracklist:
1. Conversation Piece
2. Physical Therapy
3. Somewhere Along The Line
4. Lovers Do
5. For Some Reason feat. Richard Kennedy
6. Half Naked
7. Rolly Polly feat. Roland Harper
8. Thin Air
9. Instant Gratification
10. Bathwater

Well, well, well, the ever evolving, always intriguing Nick Monaco returns with his
latest opus, Half Naked. His Freak Flag lipstick isn’t even really all that dry from
his debut album Mating Call, but Nick is at it again, bearing more of himself than
he has ever before.
With dance music today, some think it superficial with so many musicians hiding
behind songs since they are simply songs for the club, songs to make other people
dance, but not Nick Monaco. On Half Naked, Nick steps a few feet further into his
songwriting than ever before, striving for substance by diving deep within and
writing these songs for himself. He reveals more, confidently embracing
vulnerability, and explores how much more of himself he can be. If Mating Call
was Nick dipping his feet into the water, Half Naked is Nick unabashedly diving
right in.
The album opens with “Conversation Piece” an electric jazzy tune thematically
driven by a lover’s suspicion that there might be someone else in their partner’s
world. “Physical Therapy” sets the album on fire with Nick’s strong percussive
vocal experimentation, a song that activates the imagination, hypnotizing and
drawing you deeper into the album’s intimate embrace. On the spacey
“Somewhere Along the Line”, Nick floats along with doubt and a feeling of being
lost, but still stumbles upon the strength to keep going, with the track exploding
to achieve a satisfying dramatic subtlety. The titular track “Half Naked” is a
sexual song with the feeling of a bedroom’s private innocence layered with
vulnerability, intimacy and confidence. With the song “Thin Air”, Nick makes up
the perfect person, but struggles with this fiction, and you can hear it with the
raw, beautifully metallic clash of the high hats. The piano driven “Bathwater” is a
discordantly intimate track about escaping problems, but coming to terms with
the fact that you can help yourself if you listen to yourself, a feat easier said than
done.
Featuring a remarkable list of collaborators, but more so homies, Nick brings
these talents together to deliver his strongest body of work to date, one that
oozes intimacy with every note. David Marston’s magic on guitar contributes to
an undeniable weight to the sound of the album, and good friend Roland Harper
once again lends his sultry vocals to Nick on the imaginative “Rolly Polly”.
Rounding out the talented roster of collaborators is Richard Kennedy of Hercules
& Love Affair acclaim on the RnB ballad “For Some Reason”.
Nick Monaco is not afraid to fail or make mistakes, and this fearlessness allows
him to get the most out of his instrumentation, and he certainly accomplishes
something musically unique on Half Naked. It all feels very natural, and you can
hear the greater confidence Nick Monaco has attained through touring and his
relentless drive to produce in the studio. So, sit back, open your ears, maybe take
your clothes off and listen as Nick Monaco starts to almost bare it all. Available from 10.06.2016
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