Although they officially formed in 2012, the Auburn, CA-based electro pop/experimental pop act Sunmonks can actually trace its origins to when the act’s primary members Geoffrey CK and Alexandra Steele met in 2005. And in that seven year period the act’s primary members spent that time developing and refining their music philosophy and aesthetic. Initially, the act began as a duo comprised of Geoffrey CK and Steel, and their earliest live sets and material which was largely inspired by the albums in their parents record collections : Wings, Talking Heads, Nat King Cole, Earth, Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, Elton John and Eurhythmics, and employed the use of a loop pedal to flesh out Geoffrey CK’s arrangements consisting of guitar, keys, trumpet and percussion. In fact, those early influences also found their way into the act’s debut EP In a Desert of Plenty , which possessed elements of old school R&B, funk, and melodic pop — and had the project expanding to a quartet.
The band is currently working on a full-length album that’s slated for release later on this year but interestingly enough as Geoffrey CK and Steele explain in press notes “While working on our forthcoming album, we ended up with two songs ‘Greens’ and ‘Honey’ that we really liked but didn’t fit the rest of the album so we’re releasing those two songs as singles in advance of the full-length LP. We like how the tracks fit together as they both explore an intersection of pop vocal hooks, a mix of electronic and organic rhythm elements, analog synth bass and orchestral string arrangements. We even managed to sneak some guitar parts into both tracks.” Greens is a perfect example of that as layers of synth, synth bass and a breezily orchestral string arrangement are paired with a playful yet gorgeous melody and harmonies as the song sounds as though the act was drawing from a contemporary acts like Rubblebucket and YACHT, if filtered through chamber pop and New Wave; it’s strangely familiar yet simultaneously alien — and incredibly anthemic.
The recently released music video is a neon bright bit of surreal psychedelia that actually is quite fitting for such a breezy and anthemic song.