Today, Swedish brothers Jonas Rathsman and Franz Novotny released their first single, ‘Monster,’ under the name of Modern Tales. The duo captivated crowds with stunning live shows while supporting RÜFÜS DU SOL on tour, eventually leading to Modern Tales signing to the legendary Australian group’s label Rose Avenue.
‘Monster’ marks the official beginning of a collaborative musical journey for the Scandinavian brothers and an exciting, indie-electronic project from Rose Avenue. In music and lyrics, ‘Monster,’ contrasts the angst of being held back with the weightlessness of freeing oneself from doubt and negativity. The track moves seamlessly from a dark, spiraling chopped up hook to a dreamy chorus, showcasing Modern Tales’ vocal range and production chops.
Jonas and Franz formed Modern Tales after achieving their own individual success – Jonas as a melodic house and techno producer and Franz as a vocalist. The brothers, drawn to working together in the height of the pandemic, opted to approach the project with a blank sonic canvas rather than rely on their respective experiences as musicians. The product of their shared musical vision is a heartfelt, effortlessly emotive collection of productions, and ‘Monster’ is a preview of what else is to come.
The name Modern Tales is a nod to the mystique of the brothers’ motherland – inspiration for their wistful, uniquely Nordic sound – and their belief that the joint musical project was a prophecy written long before they conceived it. Through beautiful, melancholic vocals and creative production that blurs the line between indie and electronic, Modern Tales narrate the stories of human experience that are continuously unfolding.
“We’re thrilled to finally be able to share our music as Modern Tales. As brothers. Monster, being one of our first ever songs created as ’Modern Tales’, is a story that portrays something that we feel that many people can relate to – liberation. Breaking yourself free from whatever ’monster’ is holding you back, preventing you from reaching the full, wonderful and prolific potential you deserve.” – Modern Tales
“Thanks to Rose Avenue and RÜFÜS DU SOL for believing in us and our music. Expect much more to come in 2023, let the story of Modern Tales begin,” they added.
Rose Avenue, home to Lastlings, Cassian, ANYMA, and more, was founded by RÜFÜS DU SOL to give a platform to emerging acts that represent the specific type of electronic music that inspires them. Modern Tales is the most alternative project on Rose Avenue yet, demonstrating an experimentation with new sounds that maintain the label’s ethereal signature.
Modern Tales Upcoming Tour Dates
May 4-7 – Sundream Baja – San Jose Del Cabo, MX
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Written by: Alejandro Serrano