Much is made of artists imbuing their music with the characteristics of another world, of creating their own sonic universes. Humbly but impressively at that, Los Angeles do-it-all musician Little Monarch’s songs sound of this world, intimately representative of the moments we wish to hold on to and the dreams we can’t help but imagine. Many times in her music, she makes reality sound supernatural. Her new single, “Same Old,” sees the producer at perhaps her grooviest and her most forthright: “Maybe the problem is you,” she sings on the track, not so much an accusatory insult as it is a blunt assertion of accountability. Elsewhere, she keeps it light, coloring her vocals with synths and jazz piano to compliment the funky bassline. As always, Little Monarch crafts a gorgeous blend of sounds and sentiment that brightens the colors and freshens the air of the world around us.
“Same Old” follows earlier single “Tears” in the succession of tracks helping to formulate the style of Little Monarch, the project of the multi-talented artist Casey Kalmenson. An experienced collaborator to the likes of Jessie Ware, Daisy The Great, Far East Movement and more, Kalmenson’s vision has materialized in the work of Little Monarch. Having recently wrapped a busy stretch of playing in Gracie Abrams’ band, including multiple stops on The Eras Tour, Kalmenson returns to her solo project undoubtedly inspired and energized.