Synergy by Nerdkween
2008 CD


"Synergy" is a dark, moody testament of melancholy and revelations. Brushed with nerdkween's signature voice which has been described as raggedly sweet, the music seeps into your soul. The music penned by nerdkween is truly "post modern". Styles and influences are blended and morphed into songs that appear aloof but place a permanent snag on your heart. nerdkween prefers a lo-fi format to deliver her messages which is a bold choice in today's overly dubbed and glossed music industry. Quite simply because this makes her music a true reflection of the human condition.

"Synergy" was released in July of 2008

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"Synergy" shuns glossy editing in favor of refreshingly honest production that reintroduces a much-needed human quality to experimental music, from the clink of the hammers against the piano strings on the track "Icon" to the characteristically charming emphasis Arrington puts on the letter "s" throughout the album. "Synergy" hits high notes on the vocal stunner "If" and the lyrically compelling "Earning My Disgrace", and provides a nice change of pace with "8 Years", a live track recorded in New York City at Harlem's Faison Theater. The self-proclaimed intellectual smartly packages dark subject matter in an accessible manner from start to finish, redefining once again what it really means to be a nerd." - Bitch Magazine

"Nerdkween was an unexpected teacup tempest........." Resonator Magazine

"I will say that this is a stunning collection of music. Monica takes influences from many areas and combines them into a style of what she calls post-modern pop. I don't know how I would actually classify it. She has a unique perspective on what a song should be. There is a darkness to the ambiance and an innocence to the intelligence. The sound is decidedly lo-fi with noises that bring out an almost eerie quality and at the center is this sweet voice that draws you in." - Stephen Bailey : Cultural Exchange Advocate

"The album [Synergy] employs low-level electronic distortion that contrasts the gorgeous and minimalistic ballads she performs, creating an interestingly contradictory feel, combining the very human, naked emotions of her songs with a very unnatural, technological aura. Even though the distort-your-music-production craze of this year is starting to wear a little thin on me, the utilization here is unique enough to rise above being just a gimmick. Plus, the music is beautiful" - Ohmpark.com

"Nowadays in the twenty-first century the usual idea is to inundate the listener with layers upon layers of digital multi-tracking...this young lady instead takes the exact opposite approach. Hearing this, the only possible comparisons that come to mind are Nico and Lisa Germano...mainly because all three share a strange, ultra-serious sound that is somehow distant yet profound. Some of the songs on this album are truly beautiful and have real staying power. In today's semi-generic world, Nerdkween comes across like a breath of fresh air." - babysue.com