Monty & the Kraken first appeared on these pages back in December of 2020 upon the release of his debut album Release the Kraken. That record introduced Gavin Montgomery. He is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist producer from Atlanta, Georgia with a soulful genre-fluid vibe.
Since that debut, the prolific producer has released three singles and is now dropping two brand new albums. The second of the two albums, Bondfire will drop everywhere on July 4, 2022. The first album is already here. In recent months, The Static Dive readers got a couple of tastes of the record with the single “Free” and “Onward & Upward.”
Eternal is the brand new album from Monty and the Kraken, released worldwide to all major streaming services on June 22, 2022. Through the course of the 14-song collection we join Gavin on an emotional, spiritual and soulful journey. Looking through the lens of a troubled relationship he searches for meaning and purpose.
From the gospel jazz poetry of “Eternal Intro” to the upbeat pop love of “AGLY” (always gonna love you), Monty and the Kraken mixes elements of multiple genres into his own distinctive r&b/hip-hop sound. He dips into a Caribbean vibe with a touch of Drake on the social media warning “Don’t Follow /Sides” and drops some slow jam soul on tracks like “Still Mine” and “Didn’t I Tell You.”
A deeply gifted musician and composer, Gavin weaves these different stylistic elements into a single cohesive sound. The album feels like a complete artist piece, not simply a collection of songs. They are united by philosophy, production and the impressive talent of the young man behind the board and at the mic.
Lyrically, Eternal is as nuanced and authentic as the music. A loose narrative of a failed or failing romance serves as the backdrop for the singer’s personal search for meaning and purpose. As the musician has traversed his 30 years, he has learned lessons about the importance of love, connection and personal responsibility.
He takes stock of these lessons learned and shares his wisdom with psychedelic downtempo boombap jazz (“Truth”), 70’s soul (“Father Time”) and psychedelic trap gospel (“High Vibe”). Personal voicemail recordings of the singer’s family adds a nice personal touch. As he contemplates the impermanence of time and the definition of love he offers guidance to other young men and women as they try to sort out this mixed up world.
Listen to the excellent Eternal below, or listen on your favorite streaming service. You can also hear the tracks “AGLY” on the Deep Indie Dive playlist and “Don’t Follow /Sides” on the Deep Indie Beat. Follow the links below to connect with Monty and the Kraken. Get on his socials and get in the loop. And get ready for Bondfire, dropping everywhere on July 4.