Monolord drummer Esben Willems announces solo album: Drops first single “Cabaret Street”

Author Arto Mäenpää - 1.2.2024

Esben Willems, known for his work with Monolord and Slower, has released his debut solo single, “Cabaret Street,” offering a preview of his upcoming album, “Glowing Darkness”. Departing from the sludge sound, this track showcases a post-punk edge, delivering a compelling earworm that is sure to be on repeat.

Willems shared his perspective on the solo venture, stating:

“I’ve always been fascinated, inspired, and driven by limitations, and I’ve always encouraged others to do what they can with what they have. This album is a collection of misfit song ideas that lingered, compelling me to record them.”

He chose to take on the entire creative process himself, challenging his own limits and navigating self-doubt rather than seeking contributions from more proficient friends. Willems embraces the raw and rudimentary nature of the project, seeing it as a reflection of shared human experiences in the creative process.

Drawing inspiration from a quote by Lt. Dale Cooper from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, Willems said:

“I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.”

“Glowing Darkness”, set for release on March 29, was meticulously crafted by Willems, who performed, produced, mixed, and mastered the record at Studio Berserk Gothenburg. The album features photography by Jonas Andersson and layout by Rickard Höök. Pre-orders for Glowing Darkness are now available.