O Monolith - Transparent Blue Vinyl
Sophomore album by the UK math-rock / post-punk band. On Warp!

O Monolith - Transparent Blue Vinyl


€ 28,95
  • LP
Warp Records
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Teeming with melodic epiphanies and layered sounds, Squid’s second album O Monolith is a musical evocation of environment, domesticity and self-made folklore. Like its predecessor, 2021’s critically acclaimed, UK number 4 album Bright Green Field, it is dense and tricksy – but also more warm and characterful, with a meandering, questioning nature. “I think we’ve been able to have a lot more fun this time,” says guitarist Anton Pearson of the change between Bright Green Field and O Monolith. “We wanted to embrace those slightly funny moments, where you establish a tone then free-fall into another sonic world, which is something we always do when we’re making music together.” A sense of open conversation is cultivated: this is unmistakably music made by friends, but it’s not exclusionary – they’re inviting you in to listen with them.

Expansive, evocative and hugely varied, O Monolith retains Squid’s restless, enigmatic spirit, but it still holds surprises for those familiar with Bright Green Field. It’s a reflection of the outsized progression of a band always looking to the future. “Every record we do is a snapshot of where we’re at,” Ollie concludes. “We’re quite a musically stubborn band, and in an endearing way it’s a stubborn record. It requires quite a lot of attentive listening.” Like its namesake, O Monolith is vast and strange; alive with endless possible interpretations of its inner mysteries.

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