MONOGEM is the moniker under which singer and songwriter Jen Hirsh creates sleek, glittering melodies, suffused with the sweet aftertaste of soul and a slow-mo sex appeal. In the cosmos, a Monogem Ring is a supernova remnant, the leftover glow from an exploded star. One of the largest monogem rings in the universe is located near the Gemini and Cancer constellations. Born in late June, Jen is on the cusp of Gemini-Cancer, and thus, Monogem rang true and stuck.
MONOGEM’s self-titled debut EP was exclusively premiered by Interview Magazine in February 2015 with insightful commentary: “The California native's sound is heavy in electro-pop, yet her voice resonates with the richness of classic soul and jazz.” Touring with this EP included performances at the Art Institute of Chicago, SXSW 2016, and the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood. In April 2016, “Take It Slow” was released via The Watch List, a new exclusive singles label and partnership between The FADER and CONNECT/Reverbnation. "Take It Slow" went on to make Spotify's Weekend Buzz playlist and charted #2 on HypeM’s Most Popular Tracks.
In March of this year, LADYGUNN Magazine premiered the music video for MONOGEM's "Wild", starring Coco Arquette, daughter of Courteney Cox & David Arquette, and Matthew RC Taylor, Musical.ly phenom. The narrative unfolds as two young best friends enjoy a night at home—but, with raging popcorn fights, fierce cross-dressing, night swimming, and a climactic surprise ending, this isn't your run of the mill Netflix and Chill. MONOGEM, who makes a cameo delivering pizza to the teens, explains: "Life's too short to not live wild."
MONOGEM’s highly anticipated sophomore EP, “100%,” plunges into more sophisticated territory with deeper cuts and complex production. Heightened vocal effects and a whirlwind of modular and analog synths contributed by producer and sound designer Peter Dyer amplify MONOGEM’s astral sound in this new EP. On April 25th, PopCrush premiered the title single "100%" calling it "an icy blast of emotion in ambient electro-pop form with flourishes of 90s soul à la Sade’s Love Deluxe." The EP was released on May 19 and is available everywhere.