"All of the pieces in this album are absolutely gorgeous, elegant, and so deeply and comprehensively developed. Moñecho plunges into a place where most people would not dare venture into their psyches—this album feels very urgent, cathartic, and intensely expressive. Each piece’s climax holds so much power and raw emotion—listeners may suddenly find themselves in tears, without having the slightest idea why. That is simply the power that music holds over us. But being able to harness the passion one feels and successfully convey it through music—that is the power of a musical genius."
~Juliana Russell, Black on the Canvas
“Unlike a typical indie rock album, there is little background to fall back on, no guide to consult in the artistic process. Moñecho throws the rulebook out the window with the creation of Past Waters/Fever Lives, and lives to tell the tale. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard, and that’s the best part about it."
“[Past Waters/Fever Lives'] release challenges the notion of what an LP can be today."
“It is hard to judge Moñecho on the basis of what an LP should be today, what a musician should accomplish in 10 tracks, because Serra doesn’t claim to defy the rules of any specific genre. He has created something unruly and novel altogether.”
~Kelsey Simkins, Bearded Gentlemen Music
"...[Moñecho] blends numerous musical genres to create a debut album that will challenge you to categorize his music as anything other than ethereally beautiful."
"...Past Waters/Fever Lives is nothing short of a sonic experiment that will force you to forget all your preconceived notions of what a successful album should sound like."
"Ignoring the conventions of one particular genre or even multiple genres and just allowing himself to take any and all inspiration he could find and running with it, Moñecho crafts a truly unique and wonderfully strange listening experience that you won’t find anywhere else."
~Jessica Wright, Under Bright Lights
This album consists of two contrasting and complimentary song bodies:
Past Waters (the first four tracks): ethereal, nostalgic, and calming, yet cathartic. Yin with dots of Yang.
Fever Lives (the latter five tracks): earthy, percussive, aggressive, heavy, dense. Yang with dots of Yin.
The two halves are separated by a blank one-minute pause.
released December 7, 2015
Matthew Serra - all music, production, recording, programming, and mixing
Paul Cooley - art and design, with photography by Jeff Smith and Michael Fox Serra
Corey Schreppel - mastering
Recorded 2011-2014. Copyright © 2014 Matthew Serra
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