Monalia – “We Are Dust”


Building from eerie intrigue into a haunting hook, “We Are Dust” is a rousing rocker from Oslo-based band Monalia. The band’s penchant for the dark and dreamy continues here; the initial foray into post-punk murkiness expands feverishly into a chorus with spine-chilling vigor. “Whatcha gonna do to me now?” the vocals ask during this section, the twangy guitar adornments adding wonderfully to the vocals’ eerie captivation. The title-touting refrain leads into spoken-word fervor in the second half, another atmospheric addition that plays excellently. “We Are Dust” is another surefire success from Monalia.

The band first caught our ears in 2019 with the track “Drank the Rain.”

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2022’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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