‘Monkey’ is the astonishing new single from Bristol-based indie-electronica artist Hector Who Lived and we’ve had first listen.
We’ve been lucky enough to be granted a first listen to ‘Monkey’, the debut single from Bristol based indie-electronica artist Hector Who Lived and we’re shook.
Having already found popularity as part of the bands The Outside and Try Me, and played shows at iconic venues like the O2 Academy Oxford, The Bullingdon, Jericho Tavern and even Truck Festival. Hector is now out on his own as Hector Who Lived and his infectious brand of indie-pop is stunningly uplifting.
Written in the first lockdown ‘Monkey’ comes across as an exploration of Hector’s fragile mental health throughout that trying time.
Throughout the track sparklingly frank lyricism plays off against a funky, pulsating electro beat which also features playful Gameboy noise samples.
That juxtaposition of vulnerable, sometimes melancholic, writing coming from such a raw state then being layered over the top of impish console sounds is as clever as it is impactful.
Through the funk-inspired beat we’re definitely reminded of acts like Serge Pizzorno’s The S.L.P and ‘Scaled And Icy’ era Twenty One Pilots. Within that comparison we have to mention the fact that these acts also found a way to package strong messaging in upbeat tracks which still had no trouble getting people moving.
On this latest single, Hector is showing why he was invited to collaborate with acts like Lynks, Jessica Winter, and Brodka on a charity single, ‘Poland Has A Task‘ which aimed to raise awareness for women’s and queer rights in Poland.
‘Monkey’ isn’t scheduled for release until 15 October, so until then you’ll have to take our word for it… it slaps.