Monopol – Somebody That I’ll Never Be

When I was a 15 year old kid, I used to go to the disco on Sunday afternoon. I do not remember many of the songs played by DJs, but among tons of pop punk tracks, there where two pop pieces that have now become classics. One was Nelly’s Dilemma¬†(feat. Kelly Rowland) and the other one came from a band that I still adore: If I Ever Feel Better by Phoenix. Years later, the French band released one of the finest records of the past 10 years, called Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. If you have the sound of that record in mind, it becomes suddenly clear why I like Christoph Andersson‘s new project Monopol. Coming from Hip Hop productions it’s quite a change for the American artist, but his first single Somebody That I’ll Never Be is so catchy that leaves no room for any kind of doubt: he surely knows how to do indie rock at its best.

The track was written during a massive rainstorm in the middle of a jungle in Nicaragua,” Andersson says. “It’s a song about the desperation of trying to salvage a dying relationship. Many many thanks to co-writers Daniel Nigro and Jeremiah Raisen!