By Vanessa B
Forward-thinking project Monokino, by accomplished Dutch pop composer and visual artist George van Wetering who currently resides between Nanjing, Shanghai and Amsterdam, unveils a slice of his engagingly idiosyncratic modern pop, with brand new tune Baby accompanied by the aptly striking, retro-futuristic ASCII-composed lyric video.
Speaking on the sonic inspiration for the track, George wrote: “The music for ‘Baby’ came about after someone said that, musically, I might want too much in my songs and I should stick with a simple chord progression. Of course, I didn’t agree and, in protest, I started making a song with only 1 bass note. That soon got boring and a different bass and guitar riff was created when I stepped on my distortion pedal. I never actually sang in this kind of talking voice on that pitch — but I imagined myself driving in a racing car, singing ‘Baby’ in this Billy Idol kind of way.”
George reveals: “Although the song seems to be about someone who is no longer the one and only for someone — and suffers from that — it is actually about myself who, a while back, was never enough for someone who actually claimed that I was her one and only. She often wanted to be alone, but when I was gone, it was not good either. Some days I was too feminine, other days just too masculine. People like Billy – in a speeding car – would have let go a long time ago already for sure.”
Monokino has been a frequent player on China’s burgeoning music festival scene, having performed at China’s Strawberry Festival as well as Western gatherings like SXSW in Austin, Texas. Monokino has also collaborated with renowned artists and producers including Tony Visconti and Jacco Gardner.
“Baby” follows Monokino’s 2021 singles, “Your Underground,” “Bend or Break,” and “No Return,” all taken from his forthcoming third album (expected later in 2022), and released to international critical acclaim.