Foreign Diplomats – Monami

9/10

Foreign Diplomats are a Montreal indie band here with their latest record Monami. This record has some of the catchiest tunes I’ve heard in a while with a solid mix of pop and rock and a great sense of melody. I wouldn’t say Foreign Diplomats are breaking any new musical ground on this release, but it was a great introduction to the band. If you’re looking for some new indie and are a sucker for a catchy chorus, give Monami a listen or ten.

The album starts off with “Road Wage,” a heavily layered tune with one of the strongest vocal performances on the whole album. Élie Raymond’s vocals shine through again on the moody chorus of “City Luv” and on the somber introduction of “Frilu.” The vocals aren’t the only standout aspect of this thing; there are some pretty interesting instrumental moments throughout. The quirky effects that kick off “Charger” and the intermingling lines on “Adopted Hometown” were some of the more memorable guitar parts on Monami.

My favourite song from this latest Foreign Diplomats effort is “You Decide (The Return of).” The driving rhythm section and warbly guitar lines that start the song off immediately piqued my interest and the all-over-the-place vocals in the first verse held onto it. What clinched it for me was the song’s chorus. Raymond’s vocal range is impressive throughout Monami and, this time around, he really flexes it. I can’t say enough good things about “You Decide (The Return of);” it’s catchy as shit but has a sense of uniqueness to it.

Monami is a really pleasant listen. Foreign Diplomats throw some unique instrumental work into the familiar genre and have a habit of crafting some great melodies. The band is doing anything wholly unheard of, but they’re great at what they do. If you’re in the market for some indie rock, Monami is a great album to check out.

Written by Justin Bruce
*edited by Danielle Kenedy

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Justin is a Saskatoon-based musician with a degree from the University of Saskatchewan where he studied medieval and modern English. These days, he can usually be found behind the stack of comic books he’s trying to keep up with. Justin has been playing music since his early teens and has made 10’s of dollars from it in the years since. An enthusiastic packrat, his prized possession is a vinyl copy of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag.” Justin snores really loud if he’s been drinking and thought that Revenge of the Sith was actually a pretty sweet movie. You can hear Justin in Swayze, here: https://swayzelives.bandcamp.com, and A Ghost in Drag, here: https://aghostindrag.bandcamp.com, and you will occasionally see him and his bandmates playing Beerio Kart on tour.

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