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"Petrichor (Acoustic)" by Monday Nights

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Following in the impressive footsteps of Ivy Ash, Monday Nights have today released an acoustically reimagined version of their most recent single (reviewed last month) & so you can now enjoy "Petrichor (Acoustic)".

As with Ivy's acoustic versions, it's impossible for me to pass judgement on whether the full or stripped back arrangements is objectively "better" nor whether either presents a definitive reading of the core song. To me, by offering us two different readings, we are invited to view "Petrichor" from complementary perspectives and thus appreciate it more deeply.

To be honest, the original recording hinted at the potential for this sort of variant: it's a beautiful song in the first place and its essential qualities are based around those elements common to both versions:  the melody, feel and lyrics. In fact, looking back at my original review, I doubt that I should have varied my wording too much had I had this arrangement to mull over first.

 

Written of course still by Ali Hutton and Jacob Palmer and produced by Ali, this time round we also need to congratulate Hannah Kent for the piano arrangement and Alixe Wilmshurst for the lead guitar arrangement, each of which plays a very significant role in the new take.

What you get is pretty ethereal in sound: to me it certainly evoked crisp, if cold December mornings in the quiet of the English countryside (or possibly a deserted beach with Christmas sun breaking through a sea mist), possibly a little way from the title's source as "a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm dry weather", yet if not exactly a contrast, maybe a seasonal complement to that.  Let's see what it says to you…….

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"Petrichor" by Monday Nights

Review

You will I'm sure be aware of the debut single from Monday Nights, "Flight" which also appears on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Five'. They have now released its follow-up "Petrichor", which is out today.

If, as I am, you are unfamiliar with the title of the song, I'm advised that it refers to "a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm dry weather": a useful word to know & for that alone I am grateful to them.

When I first interviewed them for the magazine just under a year ago, they expressed hopes for releases in early 2021: understandably that didn't come quite to pass, but the wait has been worth it: the quality of the song trumps the delay in importance & it's much better to ensure that it was made under the best possible conditions in order to burnish their growing reputation in its relative early stages. This is played with taste & restraint as well as talent, with passionate and articulate vocals: even better than that, it possesses heart.

An upbeat number, it's expressed desire to "soar" links it to its predecessor as does the upwardly aspirational feel to it. Monday Nights have only released two songs in their nascent career but each is so well crafted and uplifting that the outlook for their career in most encouraging: great songs which touch hearts & leave you feeling better at the end than you did before hearing them deserve big audiences.

Talking of which, Monday Nights have recently re-emerged back onto the live scene, getting out of both lockdown and their home base in Rugby: it's great to see them getting gigs now in Leamington as well as the good news about their talent spreads.

The single's name will attract attention (never a bad idea) but that is merely the starting point: once you've heard it, the real impact will happen and I look forward to catching them and reviewing them live: a whole set of such material would be most impressive.

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