Monomyth are a Netherlands-based prog collective (not a phrase I get to use every day) who create wordless, sonic soundscapes.
Harnessing elements of 70s and 80s electro along with more traditional rock band instruments, their sound is somewhere between and beyond Pink Floyd & Jean Michael Jarre.
Retro-futurism is very much their thing and, if a towel is the first thing one must pack for hitch-hiking across the galaxy then this album is the second.
Too strong for post-rock, these guys are pure Prog with a modern edge. Keeping the basic elements and explorations of a good Prog album (43 mins over 5 tracks) with a pinch of Krautrock thrown in, they make full use of an both acoustic and electronic instruments. Too grounded to be totally psychedelic, yet too experimental and otherworldly to be anything else, they traverse a different musical plane entirely, and create something beautiful along the way.
The third album in their story of musical exploration, Exo is the most definitive. Exo is the outer, the newly discovered world around the band which they take us to explore with confidence and curiosity.
On my journey into Exo, I can hear Ziggy Stardust, Neu! and Kraftwerk accompanied by a Ray Manzarek keyboard track. Rather than being the unholy mess it could so easily it have become however, their sound is sharp and clean. Each phrase is precisely crafted, so the coldness of the electro elements are counterbalanced by the earthier guitar sounds.
Our journey comes to an end with a Moebius Trip. A twinkling fade-out as we leave Button Moon (other planets are available) and make our way slowly into the atmosphere. Who can say what adventure awaits us next.