Singled Out: Argonaut
The title was actually inspired by the character Monet St Croix from X factor – the Marvel comic not the novocaine for the soul TV show. Google her - she has some great one liners!
'You just put six holes in a Louis Vuitton shirt and you expect me to 'wait'? For what? The 'fashion police?'
'I could kill you just by thinking hard, you know that, right?'
The name seemed to suit the soundscape and quickly led to thinking about Claude Monet – who lived a great lifestyle too and also had some great quotes:
'People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love.'
'My life has been nothing but a failure.'
He also never appeared on Saturday night primetime television.
The music seems almost psychedelic and the vocals float across different layers – kind of like an impressionist painting. We played with the idea of getting out of your head on art – or in art galleries.
The bass was inspired by bands that we love and loved at the time, bands including The Cure or Joy Division. The slide guitar and reversed chords sound quite ethereal, and I get to play with a wah pedal at the end. The drums were intended to sounds pretty nineties in a laid back, Stone Roses sort of way and the synth slides in at the end as a final lift.
I love the way that Monet kicks off our album, fading in from nothing. Sometimes it's all in a word, leading to a feeling, an impression, and the song just appears. I think it was Graham Coxon who compared song writing to alchemy and I really think that this is the case, a few ingredients and there you have it – and I guess a magic word like Monet helps!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and watch the video right here!