Monofader‘s Frost should easily be on the top 10 list of anyone’s future pop releases for 2004. The duo of Monofader is comprised of the instrumental arrangements of Sebastian R. Komor (Icon of Coil) and the silky smooth lyrics and vocals of Richard Bjorklund (Spektralized). I can’t say enough good things about this band. Everything about the album is fresh, from the tongue-in-cheek “System Check (Introduction)” to the wonderfully poignant “Why?” to the audio environmental exploration of “3am in Fredrikstad (Late Night Session).”
Frost is a very impressive debut album that includes some of the best elements of Wolfsheim, Depeche Mode, Clan of Xymox, and Erasure, and yet they’ve brought something to the table that’s uniquely their own. A tall order to be sure, but somehow they’ve pulled it off. Snuggled into this cozy sonic blanket is Richard Bjorklund’s voice, which comes off as a crooning, enveloping wash of both David Gahan and Martin Gore. Never is this more evident than on the reflective “Cold and Awake.” Frost should not be missed. A no-brainer buy for this year.