Monograms Releases “Carry The Weight”
MONOGRAMS has returned with new single: “Carry The Weight”. The track is off their forthcoming album A Fine Commitment, available June 16th via PaperCup Music. Monograms is the alias of NYC-based solo artist Ian Jacobs. Since the project’s conception, Monograms has supported Cloud Nothings, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Ezra Furman, A Place To Bury Strangers, Girl Band (Gilla Band), Gøggs, New Candys, Juan Waters, and many more
“Carry The Weight” is a song about overcoming the intensity of the world when its relentless traffic becomes all too much, Ian Jacobs AKA Monograms explains:
“I wrote Carry The Weight at a time about a year ago when I was really just taking everything on. Everything in my life: My past, My future, My present. While also taking on my day to day: You’re tired, you’re wide awake, you’re horny, you’re lazy, you’re hungry, you’re full, you have money, you’re broke, you’re happy, you’re sad. Sometimes all that noise can be a bit too much of a buzz. Other days it’s totally fine. The lyrics are specifically about how I have no idea where that weight goes when it goes away, or if it really does go away? How we overcome things, or why some things we internalize while other times we decide to unpack s**t to others to quiet the noise. But I realize most of the time that weight is just based on my mood or my perspective. I think a lot of other people are probably like that too.”
With themes of architecture and morality, plans of reconstruction and hopes for salvation rippling through its lyrics; “Carry The Weight” finds Monograms restarting from the ground up and assessing the tools with which to rebuild his life.
“I had all this sort of strenuous work theme in the world I wanted to build for the lyrics” he says. “Like construction. Getting everything in line, getting a grip, scaffolding going up, making a plan, architecture, it’s dirty, it’s unfinished, there’s rubble and unpaved cement everywhere. Themes of building blocks and tools… I think maybe it’s about letting go of all that work and just knowing you’re gonna be OK for a bit as is. It’s also a bit of a ‘I dunno’ moment, cause I have no idea what’s at work pulling the strings sometimes, if it’s me or not. Control is a fickle beast.”
A Fine Commitment was produced with the assistance of Ben Rice and promises a thrilling meltdown of sounds and boundaries. Documenting a journey of personal mental health struggles over the two year period in which it was made and how the music he was making offered him a road to recovery, Ian says of ‘A Fine Commitment’:
“Let’s just say I went through a time in my life while making this record where I almost lost myself and my mind a couple times. The process of this album felt like a fork in the road where I finally started letting go a bit of my past and trying to predict my future. The tension wasn’t directly about the creative process but that was often the trigger. It’s a long story but I’ve been facing those divots in my life a lot more lately and trying to be more real about it cause it’s not something I think about often… but I truly did almost completely lose myself in the span of time while making this record more than once. But I’m still here, still living, still dreaming.”
Pre-order A Fine Commitment by Monograms HERE
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