Mild Monk – “21st Century”


A dreamily enveloping pop charmer from Mild Monk, “21st Century” balances twinkling keys with psych-friendly guitar twangs amidst the artist’s soothing vocal presence. The project of multi-instrumentalist Henry Stein, Mild Monk impressed last year with the hypnotic “Midnight Disco,” one of our favorite singles from 2022.

The Bay Area-based artist dazzles again here. “Welcome to the 21st century, is it what you dreamed to be?” the opening vocals ask, mesmerizing with lush keys glistening and heart-tugging guitar twangs. The “lucky one,” vocal signals some gorgeously lush vocal work, evolving into a twangy guitar expansion. The city-pop aesthetic — with serenely caressing pop songwriting on display — captivates thoroughly.

The track comes via Mild Monk’s forthcoming 7-track EP, Back to Earth, releasing on January 13th.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2023’ Spotify playlist.

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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