The Stockholm Monsters

Miss Moonlight

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This three-song EP marks the Stockholm Monsters' graduation to 12" vinyl after a pair of 7" singles for the Factory label. The A-side, "Miss Moonlight," is one of the very best songs the Manchester-based quintet ever released, an anxious slice of post-punk built on Shan Hira's monomaniacal drumming and some droning one-note keyboard lines. Tony France's vocals move from a sweetly androgynous croon to hoarse shouting by the end, as Lindsay Anderson's floating trumpet passages provide much needed breaks in the steadily increasing tension. It's a minor post-punk classic. The two brief B-sides are miniatures that exist right on the edge between song sketches that could use some fleshing out and quickly recorded filler. That said, "Lafayette" has an unexpected '60s garage rock edge, thanks to its "96 Tears"-style Farfisa organ that lifts it a notch or two above the dismissable.

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