They chirp in the morning, they fly to southerly areas when it's getting colder and they build their bird's nest in old trees.
Blackbirds, robin redbreasts, song thrushes - but what about the finches? Erik van den Broeck, the man from Brussels, who is the person behind the one-man project "The Monotrol Kid" is dealing with this question. By releasing the album "What About The Finches" The Monotrol Kid shows that less is sometimes really more: He played several gigs in Europe and enthused his listeners with his minimalist instrumentation (we are talking about a guitar, sometimes a mouth harp and his feeling voice). Andorra, Ireland, Belgium and Germany are some of the countries where he was touring.
"What About The Finches" is the first album of the Belgian and includes ten songs of the best singer-songwriter-quality to be found anywhere.
"So like you, so like me. Beside each other, we feel free. Side by side, just holding hands"
The songs deal with love and with daydreaming, it's about the time that has passed away and the time that lies ahead.
"The night he left for Greenville, he should have stayed back home. Where those tiger lilies are blooming"
The Monotrol Kid creates beautiful small worlds with his lyrics; he narrates stories and invites the listeners to join in with the lyrics and create their own universe with them. He is inspired by the numerous travels he has made and the interesting people, who have crossed his way all over Europe. His music is for the friends and fans of Golden Smog, Woody Guthrie, R.E.M. and David Gray, but in the end it is his own individualistic style that leaves the listener hanging in the air… Just like a Finch.
It is honest down-to-earth songwriting without the whole shebang. Just a man with his guitar and a traveller’s words.
released 13 January 2012
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