TRACK REVIEW: Fried Monk “Heartbeats”


One thing I’ve learned from musicians like Steve Choi from RX Bandits, is that there are entertainers… and then there are true artists. While musicians can intertwine both elements, it’s rare to truly find an artist at core—not focusing on making a brand in music, but rather making music a brand. I’ve discovered Lucas Kozinski (alias Fried Monk) as one of those artists, who like the members of RXB, branch sideways to invent sounds uncharted to their own. But that’s really the artistry in all of this—there are no boundaries to this music thing. Kozinski’s studio in Germantown, Philadelphia gave him a chance to really jaunt out of his comfort zone. Philly is one of the best places to do it, really. There is no shortage of culturally driven neighborhoods and glorious people. The music scene is rad and there’s plenty of people keeping it dynamic, him included.

His studio, Sleepless Sound, was barely running when his latest project, Introduces, was recorded. “The idea of the record came about when I wasn’t super happy with how the instrumentals sounded by themselves. It was also while I was in the process of opening up Sleepless Sound Studio,” Luke explains about the collaborative venture.

Also based in Philly is Moonshine Heather; Maura Mullen and Alex Berenson, committed the vocals to “Heartbeats.” The track is synonymous with downtempo affectionate. Maura has a reverberating voice, only overshadowed by her sultriness — and while she’s not piercing the ends of your auditory canals, she shoots a fiery “There’s a lot of love out there, but none of it’s for me.” And while “Heartbeats” is a condensed version of what the rest of Introduces has to offer, you’ll dig it a hundred times over. Also, the beginning guitar vibrations will bring you back to early 2000’s John Frusciante.

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