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Gold Robot Records:
Following his move to Los Angeles from Ohio, Ted Feighan has returned with the next installment in his growing oeuvre as Exotica beatsmith, Monster Rally. Feighan’s third full-length as Monster Rally, Return to Paradise, is decidedly faster paced and more percussion-heavy than last year’s Beyond the Sea, producing an aesthetic that closely resembles his live performances. The tracks melt together in a mysterious, blissful, and romantic haze invoking that signature Monster Rally thrill of being in a timeless, hypnagogic limbo. The album is pure pictorial fantasy, translating the images of a half-century of National Geographics into 17 tracks that’ll have both tiki drink connoisseurs and scotch aficionados swaying and bopping to the sweat and crackle of Feighan’s latest beatscapes. As with his past releases, Feighan is eager to have his passport stamped, reluctant to stay in one paradise for too long. His wanderlust samplings travel from Peru to Japan, Detroit to Maui, and Ghana to Barcelona expressing the pageantry and ceremony of destinations only the truly intrepid have tasted before.
The artwork of Return to Paradise is greatly inspired by the LP jackets of classic Exotica albums: Martin Denny’s Quiet Village, Les Baxter’s Jungle Jazz, and Arthur Lyman’s Bwana to name just a few. Over fifty different varietals of flowers and plants from around the world decorate the blossoming arrangement on R2P’s cover. In addition, the packaging features printed sleeves showing a take on traditional Hawaiian patterned prints of native flowers and tropical birds. The inside of the gatefold jacket is a visual imagination of the kind of space Return to Paradise inevitably occupies.
If that description doesn’t peak your interest, then this probably ain’t for you. The prior two LPs from Monster Rally have been uniquely exquisite, establishing a beat driven ambient genre of its own, with a timeless feel.
Monster Rally - Return to Paradise 12” is Ltd to 250 on ocean blue vinyl with another 750 on black. As a bonus, One person will be chosen at random from the first 100 pre-orders to receive an original test pressing as an added bonus. It will come in a one-of-a-kind handmade custom jacket created by Monster Rally. Album drops October 29th and is available to pre-order now.