Feb 022011
 

artist: Mark Munroe | genre: alternative, rock | itunes:

Secrets and Lies

Word has recently reached our ears that brothers Mark and Ian Munroe (better known as IM Munroe) have decided to make a musical split.  While we’re not sure exactly why they have decided to go their separate ways, as anyone who has been in a band can attest, “artistic differences” can usually be fingered as the culprit.  Regardless of the reason, we certainly appreciate their music and were honoured to have been given the chance to share it with the Froglix Faithful around the world.

So where to do they go from here?  Well, we are pleased to report that at least one of the Monroe’s is already back at it and recording new music on his own.  Mark’s newest single entitled ‘Secrets and Lies’ explores new areas of sound as he pairs his undeniably unique vocals with more electronic instrumentation than we’ve heard before.  The synths are by no means overwhelming and while they do create a mood than is noticeably different than his previous work with brother Ian, the change is indeed an interesting one and definitely worth a listen.

- Drago

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Sep 222009
 

Label: I M Munroe Productions
Genre: Alternative/Rock

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I Am Here, the new full-length, debut  album from Toronto, Canada’s I M Munroe explores areas of sound that resonate with truth and team with emotion.  Brothers Ian and Mark Munroe  (the I and the M, respectively) create a musical catharsis that deals with issues that are not only real to them but, in turn, real to all of us.  Their delivery is smooth but not soft as Ian’s bold guitar work meshes well with brother Mark’s solid vocal performance which is a redolent mix of a young Ringo Star, Talking Heads front man David Byrne and just a pinch of Richard Butler from the Psychedelic Furs.  The difference being Mark has a much better range and, quite frankly, a much better voice than the aforementioned trio.

The strong melody line in “Used to Love You” is complimented by perfectly placed and perfectly pitched harmonies, adding just the right splash of colour to the mix. The same can be said for “Fool”, a song that stresses the importance of following through on that which is vital for one’s personal happiness…despite opposition.  “Should Have Known Better” is a bit of a boppy tune that speaks of moving on after a relationship has lingered on beyond that “certain point” where at least one party knows it really is over.

It’s quite evident that the Brothers Munroe have invested a lot of themselves into this their first full-length recording.  Memorable hooks, sagacious lyrics and a strong all around performance make this disc a keeper and this band of brothers one to watch for in the future.

-Drago

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