Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Timothy Monger established himself in the mid-2000's as a member of acclaimed folk-rock group Great Lakes Myth Society (GLMS) which he co-founded with his brother James. The roots of GLMS lay in another pioneering ensemble the brothers had previously helmed called The Original Brothers and Sisters of Love. The group released a pair of wildly eccentric folk-inspired LP's for Brooklyn indie The Telegraph Company (Kelley Stoltz, Stew) before disbanding in 2003.
Just prior to launching GLMS, Monger issued his debut solo album, Summer Cherry Ghosts, in the summer of 2004. The lush baroque-pop song cycle earned favorable comparisons to Electric Light Orchestra and early Bee Gees and was re-released in Japan the following year by the Trolley Bus label. By early 2005, GLMS had emerged with their self-titled debut. Fusing elegant XTC-inspired pop with a distinctly Midwestern rock sensibility, the band was quickly signed to Michigan indie Quack! Media who issued their sophomore effort, Compass Rose Bouquet, in 2007. The years that followed included several national tours, multiple appearances at SXSW and shows with Patti Smith, British Sea Power, The Hidden Cameras, and The Hold Steady among others.
In 2010, with GLMS entering a hiatus, Monger completed sessions for his long-delayed follow-up effort and formed the first edition of his solo band, Timothy Monger State Park. Arriving in the summer of 2011, The New Britton Sound combined rustic-toned indie pop with lyrical folk-rock, taking its name from the rural farming town of Britton, Michigan where the bulk of it was recorded and written. The inaugural release on his own Northern Detective imprint, the album was a stylistic leap forward for Monger, moving away from the orchestral leanings of his debut in favor of a more organic sound.
Over the next few years, he continued to write and record new solo material while also reuniting for a pair of GLMS reunion shows and collaborating with Detroit-based songwriter/producer/rapper PreciseHero on the 2012 instrumental folk-funk single "Rookie Atoms." Monger has also done his fair share of session work, playing accordion on tracks by Detroit rockers The High Strung, Pittsburgh punks The Cynics, and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith.
In late 2016, Monger completed work on his third solo album, Amber Lantern. Written and recorded over a four year period deep in the guts of his mid-30's, the album is an inward musing, outward bound cascade of gently expansive, warmly detailed songcraft. Melding subtle synth textures with elements of psych, folk, and jangling power pop, Monger explores themes of hope, struggle, and personal revelation in poignant observations that celebrate the weird odyssey of the self. Amber Lantern is slated for release in February 2017.