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Daniel Armstrong & The Monsoons - Single Review: Just Shut Up for a Minute

27 May 2021 // A review by Harry Platt

Just shut up for a minute.

A sentiment I can fully endorse.

God can’t we all.

Imagine if Bob Dylan and John Clarke fused into one person.

That person would be Daniel Armstrong.

Many artists have their lockdown songs. Many of them fall foul of tired tropes about isolation and lack of connection etc. etc. Not so for Tamaki Makaurau artist Daniel Armstrong and his "ever expanding band", The Monsoons. A tongue and cheek nudge at the negative attitudes of certain members of the “Team of 5 million” during 2020’s lockdown and their rabbiting on about how tough it was. Just Shut Up For A Minute is a witty ballad-esque tune grounded in its indie songwriter roots. Excess free, it lets the building melody grasp your attention. Dashes of violin accentuate the build toward the crescendo. Clocking in at two minutes and forty five seconds, it doesn’t drag on aimlessly, but fills its runtime with enough comedic eloquence and musicality to artistically nail its point.

While the song is influenced by all the keyboard warriors, Plan B pushers, and problematic extroverts who couldn’t handle 4 weeks of domestic civility, Just Shut Up For A Minute is a song that everyone already knows. A song we’ve always had for those moments when the blabbering is enough. When reason and logic fails you just wanna snap the air with “hey would you just shut up for a minute?”

I think I’m going to load Daniel Armstrong and The Monsoons latest tune onto a buzzer for the next time I’m in a meeting. Just in case.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Daniel Armstrong & The Monsoons

Daniel Armstrong & The Monsoons released their second record in June 2021 with an NZ tour to coincide. The band were due to play a European and US tour in 2020, however, the world seemed to have other ideas.

London born, New Zealand based, indie/alternative song writer Armstrong, claims, since the last record a lot has happened ‘new love, old love, a baby, betrayal, severed fingers, forgiveness and revenge’

The new album is a commentary on living in an anti-culture bubble, that is separate but obsessed with a world that doesn’t exist and an unknown future where technology has killed a big part of human existence.

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