by the partae

After achieving 2 million streams across digital platforms with their latest “synth-wave” track “Hula Hoop 8000”, the London-based synth-pop duo Monarchy (Ra Black & Andrew Armstrong) are back with an amazing and danceable new tune mid:night, the lead single of their upcoming studio album to be released later this year.

About the creation process for the song, Ra Black says “the seed of the song started when I came back to London after travelling a lot and just after falling in love HARD. It’s that joyful dizzy feeling of seeing the person you’ve fallen for in every animate and inanimate object. But I was also going through some difficult shit; multiple hardships and broken expectations. I would go running so I could keep my mind healthy, but there were moments where it was just too much, too complicated to process. So I created this midnight place as a sanctuary for my mind. I would close my eyes and go in to space. It made me feel small but calm among the stars.” 

“For this song, I really wanted to use Ra¹s voice as an instrument, to add dynamic all the way through. So there¹s little vocal grabs, BV¹s, the big outro moment, and even percussive elements made up of Ra¹s voice. Then the rest is an exploration of French-styled funk and disco, but in a Monarchy setting” adds Andrew Armstrong.


mid:night comes with a stunning music video directed by the prestigious fashion photographer & director Alberto Van Stokkum“For this video I wanted to mix two antagonistic universes such as the Amish world and the Latex one. When you combine these two elements the result is an obscure and disturbing aesthetic. Inside these two universes there is also a story happening, a forbidden love between two girls inside a bizarre and dehumanized community. The band plays for them, as music is also forbidden in the community and they go into trance and free themselves.”




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