Single Review: Clockwork Heart // Monelise


The new single from Monelise tonally diverges from her debut album Hauntology. Released in time for Halloween, there is a deliciously creepy edge to ‘Clockwork Heart,’ with ticking noises and louder string instrumentation adjoining with the more haunted, ghostly soundscape Monelise has become so good at. Throughout her new single, there’s something reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails in the way synth lies layered underneath all the other sounds, while the high pitches feel inspired from the ethereal sound of Cocteau Twins. The end result is a single with a wonderfully unique feel that rewards you first and foremost with kaleidoscopic sound mixing. It is a hypnotic, entrancing single.

Monelise’s vocals are the jewel in the crown. In a relatively short track, her most full range is on display as her voice sits perfectly alongside the varied layer of instruments. Her voice has adjusted well to a track has more of an obvious beat and pace than her recent work, which founded its quality in a slower, more patient approach. 

‘Clockwork Heart’ is a real treat from a consistently unique artist. This macabre and beautifully eerie track builds on Monelise’s strengths while taking her sound in an exciting new direction.

Words by James Hanton.

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