Earlier this month, Brooklyn “nuke wave” project Monograms announced their upcoming 14-track LP Only A Ceiling Can Stay Inside Forever. Earlier this year, POND premiered album track “How To Sleep With Your Eyes Open,” the first to be released from the upcoming record. Listen to lead single “American Dreamz” and album track “How To Sleep With Your Eyes Open” on all streaming platforms now. Only A Ceiling Can Stay Inside Forever LP is due out July 31st via PaperCup Music.
Only A Ceiling Can Stay Inside Forever is now available on Bandcamp for presale. Monograms is donating 50% of all sales to Know Your Rights Camp, an organization whose “mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.” PaperCup Music will also be matching every donation.
The album was recorded and written almost entirely in isolation at Jacobs’ home studio during the Covid-19 quarantine, and amongst all the recent protests and social injustices that have taken place over the past 3+ months.
“Everyone I know just feels really frustrated about the situation. The politics, the sacrifices everyone is making, and the reality has been a very twilight zone-like kind of time for the entire world and the country. The title of the album was a phrase I kept thinking about within that thought process. When is it going to be ok to go outside again? And also how you can’t keep things hidden and locked up forever… these checkered pasts have to get drawn out. These last few months just felt kind of surreal, a true ‘how did we get here?’ kinda moment. And I think personally, I just needed to do something creative to bob and weave with all these things, so I just started writing some words down and recording some ideas and experimenting. Some songs were more electronic and pulsing through the frustration of the time, and some are more down-tempo and introspective. After a few weeks, it all started to spiral into what felt like a cohesive thought, so it became an album in my mind.”