It’s fucking nuts that it’s 2022. I graduated from college in 2020 - two years ago this May - and I’m still in the habit of saying that I graduated last year. It’s a harsh, quarter-life-crisis-inducing reminder that I am old as shit. In many ways, time has been immeasurable since COVID; life has simultaneously slowed down and sped up. Yet I still remember 2020 vividly: I remember watching Rudy Gobert shut down the NBA, I remember finishing my final college class over Zoom, I remember shaving my obligatory COVID stache because I was seeing my girlfriend for the first time in months. Big or small, good or bad, I remember a ton of random shit from 2020.
I also remember the first time I heard of this kid named Nick Mono. And at a formative time when a lot of stuff was going on in my life, hearing his single, Effy Stonem, for the first time stands out. There was this sort of indescribable nature about the track: effortlessly cool and easily listenable. I knew immediately that I was going to be a fan of this kid for a long time.
Fast forward nearly two years, and I’m still here - not just listening to Nick Mono, but encouraging you to do so as well.
Last month, the West London native released his first song of the new year, All The Money, and it’s quickly become an essential part of my rotation. The track’s hazy guitars and infectious, hook-heavy melodies infuse elements of alternative rock, hip-hop, and R&B into a style that’s entirely enjoyable - and wholly impossible to box into a single genre.
At just 19 years-old, Mono is an incredibly impressive lyricist. He’s a natural storyteller who captures his youthful experience with catchy choruses and just the right amount of teenage angst; throughout the track, he croons, “I want all the money in the world so I can give it all to you / And then I think you’ll finally maybe like me.”
Mono’s mastery is in his blunt self-assessment: he’s honest and self-deprecating, unafraid to share his innermost thoughts with the listener. And throughout his entire discography, this quality shines through.
Nick Mono has been one of my favorite artists over the past couple years, and it’s been an absolute treat to watch him develop as he’s released more and more music. All The Money is a single off of Mono’s debut EP, The Sun Won’t Stay After Summer, due out in March.
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