Monogold is one of NYC’s best kept secrets. Their latest release, Waves, couldn’t have been a more apropos title for this 9-song EP. With the epic grandeur of Arcade Fire or Atlas Sound and the dark, woozy swoosh of JAMC, Echo and the Bunnymen or even early U2, this band could be likened to the sun bursting through a city storm. A track like “Snow on the Moon” mixes it up with whispers of Ennio Morricone’s most iconic desert scores, and “A Certain Kind of Sleep” pulses memorably with pervasive, percussive guitars and soaring vocals. Catch this band whenever and wherever you can. (self-released) –Cleo