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Solo Ono - EP Review: Rogue Planet

28 Mar 2018 // A review by Kerry Monaghan

Solo Ono are a Wellington two piece (and the occasional three-piece) indulging in some no-frills garage post pop with synth overtones, creating their own sound.

Having been six years since their self-titled 2012 debut, Solo Ono have finally broken the drought with a new EP release- Rogue Planet.

The four track EP is a bit of whirlwind in length, as with most EP’s, but captures the essence of Solo Ono in a nutshell. Opening track, Rogue Planet has a crunchy intro and signature synth, made possible with a Synthstrom Deluge, an all in one, stand alone, portable synthesizer. The result makes for a consistent beat, with the added touch of Solo Ono’s own style. Vocalist, Frank Eggleton has a simple and plain vocal style that compliments their sound well.

Considering Solo Ono are merely a two-piece most of the time, you can tell they like to have fun with their style, and you can hear that throughout this EP. Each track is without complication and is breezy without being overdone. The production is crisp and really shows the tight musicianship between Frank and (Drummer) Jordan.

Solo Ono’s Rogue Planet is a quick, refreshing sound in a world of exploration.

Review written by Kerry Monaghan

 

About Solo Ono

It has been six years between releases, for Wellington’s most casual two piece (sometimes three piece) - Solo Ono; Frank Eggleton (Tidal Rave, Echo Beach, Kittentank) and Jordan Stewart (Pleasant Surprise). So, they decided it was time to put something out. Having just got a Synthstrom Deluge, they added synths and bass to their otherwise straight up; guitar and drum sound. The tracks were recorded by Warwick Donald at his hide out in Newtown. Mastered by Steve John Marr.

The band has supported The Chills, She’s So Rad and played at last year’s Newtown Band Crawl.


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Releases

Rogue Planet
Year: 2018
Type: EP
Solo Ono
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Space Monster
Year: 2011
Type: EP

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