Monster Rally “Orchids”

09 Sep 2013 — Henry Schiller

“Orchids”, the first track from Monster Rally’s upcoming Return to Paradise LP, is like a bossa nova version of Portishead’s “Elysium”. Combining lush, southern European instruments (or at least what sounds like a bouzouki) with modern hip hop beats, Monster Rally manage to strike a fair balance between traditional acoustics and digital manipulations. There is a warm and pleasant graininess to “Orchids” that gives it the feel of something composed and recorded in the early 20th century that might have found its way onto an Avalanches album.

Return to Paradise is in stores October 29 on Gold Robot Records.