Independent ArtistSingle Review

MONC – Cardboard Rocketship

I don’t know about you, but with all these repeated lockdowns, I feel like imagination’s been in short supply. We’ve all been forced to treat the mundane as it is, and… well, let’s face it: what’s not mundane at this point?

Be prepared, then, to meet the perfect antidote: Cardboard Rocketship by MONC harnesses the innocence, energy and joy of everyone’s favourite childhood toy, the cardboard box – and the delightful ability of it being absolutely anything you could ever want it to be.

Sonically, there’s a lot going on here – it would probably be easier to list instruments that aren’t dug into the mix at some point here, but despite the channel strip being packed to the rafters the song still retains an absolutely fantastic simplicity about it, and a large amount of charm that had us beaming from ear to ear throughout.

We were particularly taken with the delightfully adorable admission towards the end of Cardboard Rocketship, where the narrator still builds these imaginary rocketships as an adult – just with the pleasure of sitting on slightly more expensive pieces of furniture. These playful and positive sentiments are an utter joy to hear and verge on the inspirational: maybe all we need to do at this point, when we can’t physically leave our own homes, is take our imagination to the final frontier?

If you’d like to listen to MONC’s Cardboard Rocketship, you can do so on your streaming platform of choice, and find out more about MONC on his YouTube page.

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Ed Eator

A lover of anything with a decent beat and a poignant lyrics, Ed's always been a big fan of the local music scene in London and the Home Counties. From rap to reggae; punk to pop, Ed'll listen to it all. After playing in a couple of smalltime bands, Ed realised that his passion lay in listening to new music and promoting other musicians on the scene. If you'd like Ed to listen to your new or upcoming release, drop him an email at

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