After many years working as musicians in other people’s bands, Tomas Juto and Oskar Hovell decided to commence a project where the creative decisions were their own. The duo escaped to a lodge in the woods to begin work on new material and emerged from isolation as ‘Billy Momo’, the name they lovingly gave to a common alter ego, an illusion of their own, a sort of pet ghost’ they discovered there.
Since their inception in the woods, the collective has grown substantially, now consisting of seven members in total. Tomas and Oskar found their fellow musicians close to home. They recruited Andreas Prybil and Mårten Forssman from the album’s spiritual home: the speakeasy Tomas used to run. The rest of the group consists more or less of Tomas’ relatives, including his brother-in-law Oscar Harryson, the head and chief engineer of Soundhabits Studios, Stockholm, where ‘Drunktalk’ was recorded and produced.
The tight-knit nature of the band is obvious on the record. From the first notes of ‘I’ve Got You’ to the last chords of ‘Let’s Make This Night Last Long’, Billy Momo welcome listeners into their dysfunctional family with open arms. The album envelops the listener into their bizarre and intriguing world completely, telling the tales of relationships, late drunken nights, and the changes in people’s lives.
The LP’s two singles exhibit vastly different personas of the band, showcasing an album that is dark, humorous, and at times profound-from the elegant, graceful, orchestral movements of first release ‘I’ve Got You’,to the debauched title track ‘Drunktalk’, the ensemble retains a charm throughout that led Absolute Noise to deem the material ‘the kind of music Beck could have done at the beginning of his career.’The band are often cynicalin nature, as on one of the album’s highlights ‘It’s Mine’, a song intended to dispel the notion that the world owes people anything. On ‘LaLa Land’ the tone is similar, examining what the band call ‘the strange phenomenon of wanting to be a part of any–ism’. However, Billy’s more playful side is never far away, as heard on ’The Weekend’ and ’Let’s Make the Night Last Long’. Billy Momo’s work has already won them appreciation from their native Sweden, hearts and minds in the UK and US has been enchanted, too. Their second full length release ‘Drunktalk’ was released 2nd February 2015 via Hype Music.