Singer/songwriter Timothy Monger established himself in the mid-2000's as a member of acclaimed Michigan folk-rock group Great Lakes Myth Society (GLMS) which he co-founded with his brother James. The two brothers had played together previously in a similar folk-rock ensemble called The Original Brothers and Sisters of Love, releasing two well-received records for now-defunct Brooklyn indie The Telegraph Company (Stew, Kelley Stoltz, Jim Roll) before disbanding in 2003.
Just prior to forming GLMS, Monger released his debut solo album Summer Cherry Ghosts in 2004. The lush baroque-pop song cycle earned favorable comparisons to Elliot Smith, Electric Light Orchestra and early Bee Gees and was re-released in Japan the following year. Plans for a follow-up, however, would have to wait as GLMS began to take off with the arrival of their self-titled debut in early 2005.
The success of GLMS's literate folk-tinged rock eventually landed them a deal with Michigan indie Quack! Media in 2006 and their sophomore effort Compass Rose Bouquet arrived the following year to glowing reviews. The two 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 finally began sessions for his long-delayed second solo album and started performing regularly both as a solo artist and with his newly formed backing band Timothy Monger State Park.
Monger's sophomore album The New Britton Sound was a beautiful melding of elegant pop, and lyrical folk-rock named for the small rural town of Britton, Michigan where the bulk of it was recorded and written. Released in June 2011 on his own Northern Detective label, 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.
Aside from a pair of GLMS reunion shows, Monger remained focused on his solo career and spent the next several years patiently writing and recording new material. A 2012 collaboration with Detroit-based songwriter/producer/rapper PreciseHero yielded the muscular instrumental folk-funk single "Rookie Atoms." While recording his own songs, he continued to take session work, lending accordion to The High Strung's 2014 release, I , Anybody. In the summer of the 2016, Monger announced he had completed sessions for his impending third LP which would be titled Amber Lantern.