As the daughter of psychedelic rock pioneer Kevin Ayers, Galen spent much of her life observing. Written on the Grecian island Hydra after his passing, Monument captures the grief and growth she experienced in the two years following, while learning to become the author of her own life’s story.
Produced by longtime friend Paul Simm, the 10 songs on Monument refuse to commit to genre: moody pop, nods to 50s girl-group doo-wop, dreamy folk, trippy rock, flamenco, and more, are all anchored by a single force: Ayers’ brilliant soprano. Surrounded by sparse instrumentation, her vocals are front and center, not obscured or cushioned by anything else. While each song on Monument is a standalone gem, they are weaved together with related themes of grief, longing, and becoming whole.