Monica Richards & Anthony Jones
The first full-length release from the artists together, the title means water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it that flows to the open sea… When Anthony Jones reached out to Monica Richards about doing a special live show together, neither one had any idea how far this idea might go… and their collaboration, like the title, allows for their singular talents to flow together.
Anthony Jones is a versatile artist with a phenomenal voice, best known for his performance art project MONASTIC. His cover versions of Suicide Commando’s “Love Breeds Suicide,” and L’ame Immortelle’s “Love is Lost,” and vocal contributions to :Wumpscut:’s “Killuh,” has exposed Anthony to a larger European audience. A long time Faith and the Muse fan, as well as a close friend of singer/composer Monica Richards, Anthony wrote her about playing a live show in San Francisco in 2016. The two began to chat back and forth about their mutual admiration, and a new duo emerged.
With Anthony's solo albums featuring old world instrumentation fused with darkwave synths and beats, and Monica’s solo work in such a similar fashion, it was very easy to merge their musical styles to create some new songs for their performances. And now with their very first European show at the 2018 Wave Gotik Treffen, they decided to put out a special CD featuring some of their song fusions. The CD was called SYZYGY, an astronomical term for an event in which one astronomical object is lined-up with another, as the Sun and the Moon.
Their first musical merging happened when Monica added her piece “The Mighty” from her solo album, Naiades, to Anthony’s “We’re the Vikings, Remember?” from his own album, Guardian of the Wolf. The subsequent combination, which they titled for this release, “We are the Mighty, Remember!”, became a sensational live piece. This made them join together other songs, with Monica even singing new variations from her work in Faith and the Muse.
Aestuarium features the release of two new songs, Avalon and Petrichor, as well as some incredible collaborations. Each song featured may have its beginnings in Anthony’s and Monica’s earlier works, but the final result is something altogether new.