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“This song is so good it makes me want to push my ear buds so deep into my ears the beat is actually part reverberating round my brain tubes.” – Noisey

(Aug. 26, 2016 – New York, NY)  Los Angeles-based duo Midnight To Monaco – vocalist Ricky Ducati and producer Donnie Sloan – release their new single “One Way Ticket” today via Island Records.  The free-spirited cut, with its radiant vocals, offers a wistful snapshot of journeying through California, where Midnight to Monaco record most of their music.   

“I originally wrote the music as an idea for Empire of the Sun, another group I work with, complete with acoustic guitars and synthesizers. But when Ricky sang on the track, it really came alive and perfectly lent itself to the 50's and 60's doo-wop sound we're inspired by. So much so, that the final version features backing vocals from Matt Jardine, the son of original Beach Boy, Al Jardine. It's an ode to Annie, the dream girl that never actually turns up, and perhaps only exists in your imagination.” – Donnie Sloan of Midnight to Monaco

“One Way Ticket”, which exclusively premiered on Noisey yesterday, follows-up 

Midnight To Monaco’s debut single “One In a Million,” released earlier this year.  The dystopian love song, whose shimmering soundscapes and aching vocals gave way to an otherworldly hook, vaulted to Apple Music’s “The A-List: Indie” playlist.  Watch the “One In a Million” video HERE.

Midnight To Monaco’s upcoming debut EP will include both “One Way Ticket” and “One In a Million.”  The original artwork for the release was created by 1950s-’60s pulp-legend Robert McGinnis (the man behind more than 1,200 paperback book covers, and over 30 iconic movie posters, including Diamonds Are ForeverBarbarella and Breakfast at Tiffany’s).  His artwork places two men (Ricky and Donnie) in ’60s-era mise-en-scènes with ominous edges.

Before Midnight To MonacoDonnie Sloan had been writing and producing songs in Australia (including Empire Of the Sun’s platinum-selling “Walking on a Dream”), when a friend suggested he forge his own project.  Fate brought him to Ricky, a Canadian musician who was already a fan of Donnie’s work. And who introduced himself to Donnie on a whim through social media.  Donnie was immediately taken by Ricky’s elastic voice, which filled the space between melodic pop and darkwave. 

Cerulean-blue pools glistening.  Jetsetters lying stylishly in repose.  Palm trees fluttering at dusk.  These are the images evoked by the alt-“nu-wop” sound of Midnight To Monaco – music that’s at once vintage but futuristic, sunny but conflicted, singular but intricate.  The duo endeavor to design an escapist soundtrack that expands on what pop music can be.


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Nadia Ali, Island Records – 212.331.2111


August 26, 2016 11:30am ET by Island Records   Comments (0)

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