Recognizing weaknesses as strengths, accepting ourselves as humans with all that entails – we all struggle with that at times. Because the world would have us believe that we have to optimize ourselves constantly, that we have to perform. Monako know better. The five-piece, originally from Hamburg but now based in Canada, celebrates the incomplete and the simple things in life, meandering between slowed down indie and dream pop, wreathed in a fog of ethereal reverb and unimpressed by the hustle and bustle of modern life. Three guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, all equipped with an enjoyable array of effects: The sound of this year’s second EP Take Care massages any stress right out of our heads. Monako rain tears of joy on those who are happily coupled, but they also throw carefully knotted lifelines to all those still searching for that special someone.