Review: I, Us, & We – Mono

I, US, & We are a new band on the scene that provide an atmospheric sound that is full of dreamy synth-pop all wrapped up in a perfectly produced bundle. It seems that when approaching 'Mono' the band spent a lot of time planning how they wanted it to sound, so much so that it is executed to perfection. Everything down to the body painted photos to the spacious dream-pop music makes it abundantly clear that I,Us, & We is all about expressing a creativity that is lacking in a lot of modern music.

The EP kicks off with'Lanterns' which sets off with a moody injection of synth, reminiscent of some sort of crossover of Alt-J and 30 Second of Mars. 'Lanterns' would be the perfect festival track and I wouldn't be surprised if festivals end up being where this band is seen as something special in the future. The second song 'Sunday' is the stand out track of the EP providing a spacious sound that would fit in perfectly into the soundtrack of a tense indie film in the style of Drive.

Where the EP really stands out is the creation of atmosphere that differs with every track. Each song is like a film script with each scene taking place in a different location. 'Alive' and 'Free' round off the EP with more atmospheric synth-filled dream-pop.

It is clear that 'Mono' is a creative production down to its core and that is where the Californian dream-pop outfit have excelled. Even reading about the band on their website provides you with enough creative thinking that will have you trying to wrap your head around who these guys are and what they are all about. I, Us, & We deserve the attention of the music world with 'Mono', and the creativity being put into the record is something that I hope more bands will do in the future.

Ciaran O'Brien

Founder of The OB, Ciaran is also a cameraman and video editor that has an obsession with all things music. He created The OB Sessions in 2014 and set up The OB Blog in 2015.

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