Initially an instrumental ensemble specializing in funk and psychedelic soul, San Francisco-based collective Monophonics have added vocals to the mix over the past couple years. Latest album “Sound of Sinning” is a terrific showcase for a band that’s shared the stage with heavyweights like Al Green, Quincy Jones, Galactic and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
There’s an old-school soul vibe on the 11-track, 43-minute slab, as Austin Bohlman (drums), Myles O’Mahony (bass), Ian McDonald (guitar), Ryan Scott (horns) and Kelly Finnigan confidently strut their way through the proceedings.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a clunker in the bunch, but Monophonics soar particularly high on keepers “Lying Eyes,” the title track, “Promises,” “Hanging On,” “Find My Way Back Home,” “Holding Back Your Love” and “Too Long” (with Ben L’Oncle Soul). This one merits some attention, folks. (Jeffrey Sisk)