Austin, Texas grungy rockin’ duo, Alien Knife Fight, have inflicted a dose of nostalgia into our aching veins over their latest release and video, “Flightplan”. The soothing yet mysterious opening visuals within the music video for “Flightplan” feel as though you have reached a state of acceptance after a balls-to-the-wall emotional tornado, and Monique’s mystique to come is inviting and barefaced. Kicking off the track with the feel of dragging your feet along dirt roads and leaving the past exactly where it belongs, the moody blues are emitted through the soul of vocalist, Monique Ortiz, who expresses herself in a way akin to a modern-day PJ Harvey.
The darker undertone that is captured through the lyricism throughout “Flightplan” is settled over the softer instrumental and acoustic feel. Deep in the trenches of lessons learned from past mistakes, the lyrical expressionism over “Flightplan” is loose, yet cuts deep into the heart of the matter with a firm and sharp grace. The wistfulness that is organically shed throughout “Flightplan” creates a feeling that this track was sent from another time, yet remains welcoming to the modern-day of the music industry today. Reconciling her past and present, Monique waxes and wanes through her experiences with a charismatic charm that pulls listeners into the essence of Alien Knife Fight.
It doesn’t hurt the cause that Monique literally looks like a modern-day Joan Jett, and with the compliment and equality of intention from partner in crime, Mike Howard, Alien Knife Fight is a power-punch of good ol’ Rock ‘N’ Roll soul. Soaring with the wings of serenity and ease on the backs of two soldiers who have walked through high and low, Alien Knife Fight is the musical fresh breath of air that you crave on a gloomy day.