Their second album on Telegraph
, H.O.M.E.S., Vol. 1, appeared in 2001, and expanding in a more pop direction, drew comparisons to bands like XTC
. The band morphed into the Great Lakes Myth Society
in 2004 while maintaining the same fresh musical approach, and released The Great Lakes Myth Society on Boston's Stop, Pop, and Roll
label in 2005. Monger, with a backlog of songs, began working on a side solo project, resulting in the song cycle Summer Cherry Ghosts, which came out on Monger's own No Bitings
label in 2004 -- it was also released the following year in Japan on the Trolley Bus
label with additional tracks. Wonderfully orchestrated baroque pop, Ghosts recalls the great Beach Boys
album Pet Sounds in its whimsical, nostalgic, and tuneful recollection of summers past, and includes a version of brother James' delightful "Crime on a Summer Day," which fits seamlessly into the sequence.
In 2006, GLMS
signed on with Quack! Media
, a multimedia music and publishing outfit located in Ann Arbor; the group's second album, Compass Rose Bouquet, was released through Quack!
in July 2007, followed by a limited-edition single in 2008. The following year, Monger began work on his second solo release with a newly assembled backing band. Recorded primarily at a farm in the rural town of Britton, Michigan, The New Britton Sound was released in June 2011 on Monger's own Northern Detective
label. Over the next few years, he remained busy working on a variety of projects, doing session work, and reuniting with GLMS
for a handful of shows. Monger's third solo release, 2017's Amber Lantern, combined subtle synth textures with elements of psych, folk, and power pop. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi