Ones to Watch: Monkey Bum

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monkey bumRaise your hand if you are bored of solo artists strumming along with nothing to say.

I know you're nodding your head in agreement.

Allow me to introduce you to a young man named Richard Taylor, aka Monkey Bum. Monkey Bum may be an amusing name (I giggle when I say it) but his music is far from a joke. The lyrics are smart, the music grabs you.

I asked him to describe his sound and the more I listen to his music the more I see the description: "Popcorn with lemon and lime." I see that as a strange combination that works. This is quite possibly the best way to describe Monkey Bum's music. You may like it, you may hate it; but you'll listen all the way through because there is something about his music that makes you want to keep on listening.

His main influences are Of Montreal and The Postal Service, with a strong love for Jeff Mangum's (Neutral Milk Hotel) lyrics. A wise young fellow Monkey Bum is indeed. When asked who he has been compared to, he says: "I would like to think that my music varies in styles really." The Postal Service is an accurate comparison. His MySpace page has plenty of tracks for you to enjoy with a glass of juice. Or popcorn with lemon and lime!