The ORANGE Dream

We don’t know about you but we for the most part are disappointed with the current chart music …

Hardly anything that is aimed at our generation has ever appealed to us, so we usually find ourselves digging deeper and deeper into the past to discover music that excites. 

Age and time are strange things. Growing up, our peers would think of anything older than a few months as outdated and not interesting anymore. But we felt they are missing out on so much!

For us the Beatles kicked it all off …

It was like a magical transformation taking place. The same thing that teenagers experienced back in 1964 all over the world happened to us in 2007 when we went through our personal Beatlemania at the age of 13. Life changed drastically from then on. We found our purpose, if you will.

Listening to the opening chord to “A Hard Day’s Night”, the raw and unadulterated drive of “She Loves You”, the intimate and enticing sound of “Yesterday” or the impressive orchestral cacophony of “A Day In The Life”  – even thinking about those moments sends shivers down our spines.

Our interest for music skyrocketed, and we started playing and writing music predominantly inspired by the 60’s. We wanted to continue this spirit, we wanted to write and play music that had the magic and the same impact that those classic tracks had on us.

But how? …

We were born into a country (Austria) that celebrated classical and traditional folk music and that was rather detached from the humorous, easy going 60’s spirit we associated with England or the States.

We joke about how we must have picked our parents wisely. We were born into a family with a dad who was a musician himself, who had a great taste in music and would make us fall head over heels in love with music. In addition to all of that he was running one of Austria’s most successful recording studios! We really couldn’t have chosen any better 😉

The beginning of our journey …

So together with him and our equally awesome and musical step mom Michaela, who also happened to have lots of experience in business and marketing, we made plans: How are we going to make this insane dream a reality?

10 years, 5 albums, 99 music videos, 15 million YouTube views and a lot of blood, sweat and tears later, we are now living and working in the UK.

With a host of live shows in Europe, the USA and Australia, a UK tour with Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, a recording session in Abbey Road Studios, a 2-year residency at the legendary Cavern Club (2014 – 2016), a collaboration with Woodstock legend John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful), a Glastonbury performance and regular features on BBC and international radio stations under our belt, we can say we’ve come a long way since daydreaming about the future at the age of 13.

And we cannot help but feel very proud about the fact that we did all of it our own way! Every video we released, every song we’ve written, every album we put out, every blog post on our website comes from the collective brain juice of our small but mighty team. (Sound of Music 2.0? 🙂 )

Our values and priorities …

By no means should that come across like we don’t want or need the help of other people, but it means we’re not willing to compromise. We simply won’t give away our creative freedom or values for any short term success. We created our own label – Woolgoose Records – and were able to build this incredibly supportive, like-minded fan community with the help of Social Media and the Internet.

Yes, there were many tempting offers from “X-factor”, “Talent”, “Idol”, “Voice” and other “GFQ” (Get Famous Quick) shows but after taking a closer look we quickly realized that this path wasn’t for us.

We love the internet for making it possible to have a direct relationship with our audience. In that regard we’re terribly lucky to be alive in this day and age as that was simply not possible before. It’s so much more fun receiving feedback on our new album through our website or social media than having to wait for what self-proclaimed “authorities” write in the newspaper the next day.

It’s because of people like YOU …

Therefore it’s people like you that could make “The ORANGE dream” a reality – by donations, buying and sharing our music, purchasing our merch or getting tickets to see us at our live shows. People who share our yearning for change in the entertainment industry, who value honesty in music and can connect with our type of song writing.

Many of you are musicians yourselves, many are into the same music as we are, many of you have grown up in the 60’s and miss the spirit from back then, while others grew up in a later decade that musically didn’t speak to them, looking for an alternative. Whichever way you came across our music, we’re glad you did!

Join the movement …

We love to share our creations for free like our many, many free videos. But to sustain and expand our activities we are dependent on the help of our listeners. We often get asked how one can best support us, and the answer is simply by donations, buying and sharing our music, purchasing our merch or getting tickets to see us at our live shows.

The ORANGE chapter  …

So if you enjoy what we do, you can head over to the shop to get our new album “ORANGE”. First, we’d encourage you to check out the reviews that already dropped in, because some of them are real masterpieces. We could hardly believe how much time and diligence people put into writing them, and how so many of them are extremely spot on about our intentions with this album. 

What do you think about the “The ORANGE dream” of getting wit and melodious and harmonious songwriting back in today’s music? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading and thanks again for listening to our tracks!

Stay groovy,
Mona & Lisa

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There was an explosion of music in the 60's unlike any period before or after it. This explosion didn't occur only in rock but multiple genres of music. I remember the 60's as a time of unbelievable transformation due to social unrest and the belief that we could challenge injustice, evil wars and environmental degradation. I remember being involved in marches, political and environmental clubs during this period. It's hard to believe how much attitudes changed over the 60's: civil rights, feminism, sexuality and peace versus war. I think it was this energy and optimism that powered the musical creativity of the period and that's why so much of the music is upbeat and often carries moral messages. Unfortunately, I feel like we are in a period where that optimism, energy and determination is needed more than ever before. Between the 60's and now, disillusionment, cynicism and greed seem to have overtaken hope. The Mona Lisa Twins bring back a sound, a rhythm and an optimism that is sorely needed in our times. All the best to the MLT team and their wonderful music. Maybe it is possible to bring back that 60's attitude along with its music.

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Any hints on what fans can expect soon from the MLTs in early 2018? Hint, hint. Come on.

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You best believe I'm in!!
The MonaLisa Twins are the epitome of 60's style Music. They have transcended the music that was lost and forgotten 50 years ago by today's society. Mona and Lisa are the most phenomenal group rising on today's music scene. There harmonies are reminiscent of the Beach Boys. They continue to impress and their album ORANGE is the best to come along in the last 50 years

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This is a little unrelated however I think you have some of the BEST music videos out there and I would love to see you transform then into an multi-channel HD video DVD/Bluray format for us audiophiles to enjoy. You have clearly worked hard on your productions, We would love to see and hear them to their full potential. Anyone agree???

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So after over 2 months of listening to the Orange album almost every day, here are some additional thoughts I have of the Orange dream.

In 1966 the Beach Boys produced Pet Sounds album which was a revolution in rock and roll music song writing and studio production. In the studio Brian Wilson (at age 23) experimented with multiple tracks, and an array of instruments and studio production creativity never before seen in Rock music. Pet Sounds, http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/beach-boys-pet-sounds-15-things-you-didnt-know-20160516, would be hailed by many critics as one of the greatest of all time Rock albums, although it did not have the same chart topping success as the Beatles “Sargent Peppers” Album would enjoy . The Beatles took notice and a year later did their own revolutionary album, Sgt Peppers http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/review-the-beatles-sgt-peppers-anniversary-editions-w484397

These two great albums would elevate Rock music to newer artistic depth and heights than ever before. When I listen to Orange, I hear influence from the kind of creativity and great song writing that went into Pet Sounds and Sgt Peppers, in a modern and unique sound of the MonaLisa Twins.

These two Beach Boys and Beatles covers Mona and Lisa did early in their careers, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdqMB1GEQAM, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R-5xkbAAUA ) are just a couple of examples of the kind of musical influence they inherited from the greats of the 60s era. The studio versions of these classic songs they were able to re-produce in their very own unique style are just delightful, and it is this kind of experience that has made them the great songwriters, singers, and musicians they have proven to be today in Orange with their original music.

I just love “Sweet Lorraine”, among many others from Orange (like “Close to You”, “Count on Me”, “Club 27”, and “Still a Friend of Mine” etc…) with a wonderful beat music sound reminiscent of the 60s, enriched with the sounds of trumpet, band, and children’ chorus. As I have said previously I think their Orange Album take the elements from the greatest in Rock music over the last 50+ years in a fresh modern unique sound that is so missing today.

Just for fun: Pet Sounds vs Sargent Peppers

https://music.avclub.com/which-is-better-pet-sounds-or-sgt-pepper-s-1798288198

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Tony Pellinghelli

..Love your article !!,Love your music !!! Keep up the good work.Your Orange Dream should be a big success !!!! Keep on ROCKIN'

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I cannot think of a better Christmas/holiday gift for anyone on your list. The Orange dream brings music to the listener that has not been heard in quite some time and cannot help to leave you lifted and happy. The 60s are certainly alive through Mona and Lisa and they have made the genre very relevant today! We all can use more positive upbeat influences in our lives and there is no better place to find it. Please try and see how wide the smile on your face becomes! 🙂

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Michael Blankenheim

Regarding the proper care and feeding of the MonaLisa Twins Orange tee shirt: If you wear it often, that means of course you will have to wash it often. AVOID, if you can, putting it in the dryer. Instead, just let it hang in the laundry room and let it dry naturally, which it does quickly as it is not one of those thicker tee shirts. The MonaLisa Twins tee has an incredible soft, satin-like feel to it. By putting mine in the dryer too often, it has started to lose some of that satin-like feel (I had this happen with sheets before. Should have known better!) OH WELL—guess I’ll just have to order another MLT tee! LOL

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Not only have the MonaLisa Twins given the world an ingenious album but,also the best album in the last 50 years
Now they have taken it one step further. UOU CAN NOW GET ORANGE FOR THE UNHEARD OF 20% OFF PRICE! What are you waiting for? The Waiter? Rush out before its too late and treat yourself and others for Christmas! Sale ends Tuesday! Thank you Ladies for this incredible treat and your gift of music

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Michael Blankenheim

Fun techie things to know and tell: The MonaLisa Twins "Waiting for the Waiter" vid has up to 4k resolution on Youtube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCANQRkzKtY

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Michael Blankenheim

Regarding a U.S. holiday, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This Mona Lisa Twins vid expresses my thoughts well...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5u0EFwSezg

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The MonaLisa Twins have once again proven their fine musicianship, their wonderful voices (beautiful singly, but transcending to another level when united in harmony), their nimble senses of humor, and their appreciation of deeper values, in their new album "Orange". These young ladies will never settle for being a face in the crowd or just another cog in a machine. They have the joy of doing what they love for a living, and they have the ability to infuse that feeling into their music. Hooray for the MonaLisa Twins!! Keep living that beautiful dream. And stay forever ORANGE !!!

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Hello again!

I wanted to write a second review, to expand on my previous initial comments. In many of the reviews here in this blog and on the other Orange CD album reviews, there is reference to both the "Orange" and the "When We're Together" albums.

I don't know if this bears any weight, but as mentioned in my previous Orange CD review, I stipulated that I'm an experienced songwriter; and I've also produced an album and various songs. So in my humble opinion I wanted to express some more of what the MLT have meant to me...

The Orange album is outstanding and the "When We're Together" is remarkable also! For me it is a complete package to have both albums. The blend both these albums together (like a double album) you end up with something extraordinary.

On the earlier album, the percussion/drums are up front more in a few of the songs (e.g. "Birds That Well" which gives a great beat & groove and "Nothing In Vain" with such a dream-like feel", plus "Falling In Love" with more adventurous Crash and snare drum fills). I also should mention "June", as this is an excellent song!

Now... we have "Orange" - wow! what gifted talent these girls have in their songwriting! There are so many good songs on this album! I've already given my review on Orange, but just to single out a few tracks here, we have "Close To You"... what beautiful singing by Mona! Such rich and smooth warmth in her vocals. Check out "Sweet Lorraine" - in a few bars of the second verse the guitar bends the note. Little segments like this show such creativity and talent that really works in experienced songwriting. Then we have "Still A Friend Of Mine". A pure masterpiece! Lisa's vocals are spine-chilling and so moving. What an outstanding performance. "Orange" in short, is pure brilliance.

For me the album Orange is a "must have" and to couple it with "When We're Together" is a necessity.

The whole MLT team deserve a pat on the back for their hard work which has really paid off.

"The Beatles had Apple. The MLT have Orange. Why?..Because they're sweeter!" 🙂

(I couldn't resist putting that in)

The Orange album is phenomenal. You definitely won't be disappointed in having this album to listen to; with the tracks growing on you each listen; sounding as fresh as the first time you heard them. It is vibrant and so alive with such a rich texture and mixture of well written songs.

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I agree with everything you said, but I can't always tell when it is Mona or Lisa singing, but it doesn't matter because I love both their beautiful voices. 🙂
Indeed beautiful, rich and warm, spine chilling singing by both throughout the ALBUM!!!

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I grew up on The Beatles and started playing drums to their albums at age six. I lived their music religiously, they were my favourite of all Sixties bands.

I happened upon MLT on YouTube, noticing their Beatles covers. I’ve never been a big fan of Beatles covers and generally don’t go out of my way to listen to them. My instinct said listen to This Boy and I was astounded. By the time I had listened to all of them, I was smitten! I was amazed, not only how well Mona and Lisa sang harmonies, but just how good musicians they are, too. It’s easy to see why this era of music is their drug of choice. Their cover of The Hollies Bus Stop is arguably one of their best.

I admire MLT decision to write music that is true to their influences, as well as pursuing their career the way they feel comfortable. It’s not about stardom; this way they avoid the control of a label more concerned about the number of albums they sell and projecting an image.

Both albums of their original material — particularly Orange — show they are excellent songwriters who can hold their own and make music incorporating Sixties sounds while still sounding refreshingly new. They encourage fans to send them mail (they love creativity!) which they always read. It’s wild to see how personally connected they are to their fans.

If you’ve got this far and still haven’t bought Orange, go for it, it won’t disappoint. Like so many other fans, you’ll want When We’re Together next, then their first album of covers. Then you’ll want another new album and a whack more YouTube videos. They’re definitely groovy. May Fortuna always smile down on Mona and Lisa on their long and winding road!

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I love the girls' 'no compromise' outlook to their music, that's refreshing and rare in itself. In these days of autotune, over production, limited talent and lowest common denominator outputs, it's so wonderful to come across an act which is so musically competent. What's more they can perform their music with great aplomb, live and, if you get the chance a gig is definitely worth attending.

They are multi instrumentalists, can harmonise in that unique way that only siblings are capable of and their song writing skills are continually improving.

"Orange" is a wonderful collection of songs, demonstrating the breadth of their musical and song writing skills. You can definitely hear the influences but in no way is it copying anyone. This is a truly original, clever, witty and beautiful production which will disappoint no one.

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I agree with hearing the influence but not copying anyone. It’s great hearing the originality of MLT and their musical talent.

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I have listened and read what other fans and critics are saying about Orange.

I agree with those who say that the MonaLisa Twins have given us their Rubber Soul and Revolver, maybe with a bit of Sgt Pepper for good measure. They are in a league of artists who create music that has breadth, depth and longevity, and they are producing music that can shine brightly today and beyond.

The variety of song styles, the perfect instrumentation for each song, the layers of melodies and harmonies, the quality of the lyrics, all make this album worth listening to, again and again. Orange is very worthy of all the words of high praise from critics and fans.

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Some great comments here.

I think the pop/rock music of the 60’s, led by the Beatles and a host of many others was very special and unequalled in the decade leading up to it and the many decades that followed.

Having grown up through the 70s, 80s and 90s myself with the music of those times, I’ve always personally felt a more lasting impression from the music of the 60’s. Many critics would argue the 60’s was the greatest decade of Rock music ever. Legends of that time like the Beatles and Moody Blues would create some of the greatest songs ever written.

Sure there were some great music that came afterwards but not to the same intensity and frequency of that decade. The sound of the 60’s was magical and full of genius. Penny Lane, Let it Be, Nights in White Satin, or Sounds of Silence are just a few examples of the timeless classics from then that still sound as magnificent today to new listeners as they did when they first came out.

Orange captures that kind of timeless great music writing in Mona and Lisa’s own unique and modern original sound. For me the album Orange reveals the MonaLisa Twins, as song writers and musicians, are at the level of the very legends that they look up to as their heroes.

Just listen to the track, “Sweet Lorraine” (one of the many great songs in this album). It sounds as good as something John Lennon and Paul McCartney would have written. “Close to You”, “Count on Me”, and “Still a Friend of Mine” are so absolutely beautiful and touching with such meaningful lyrics. From a bluesy “Waiting for the Waiter” to the rock anthem sound of “Club 27”, there is a lot of variety in this album. The songs in the album are each so intimate, weaving great music with smart and inspiring lyrics about living life and being human. Love, romance, friendship, issues facing our world etc..

Their music will truly move you, make you smile, tap your feet, bring you to near tears at times, and at the end, you just can’t help but feel good by the end of the album. When I first heard their cover of Scott McKenzies “San Francisco”, Beach Boys “God Only Knows” and Beatles “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” I knew these girls were something very special and I was hooked. With Orange Mona and Lisa reveal to the world just how truly great they are as song writers and musicians.

I should also mention their “When We’re Together” debut album is a gem. “Wide, Wide, Land”, “Nothing Is In Vain”, “I don’t know Birds That Well”, “June”, and “All About Falling In Love” are some of my favourites.

On a more personal note, I was first introduced to the world of Mona and Lisa Twins music one evening last March when I was feeling down and listening to some You Tube videos of Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco”, which is one of my favourite songs and reminds of the last time I visited that wonderful city with my Mom before she became ill with Alzheimers and passed away last year.

I came across Mona and Lisa’s video of San Francisco, and their beautiful voices and harmony just uplifted me and made me feel good and melted away the sadness I was feeling. I found their youtube channel and the rest is history. I find their music, art, and everything they do just radiate beauty and make you forget all your problems and feel better. Aside from their music and talent, they are just wonderful people who really care about and appreciate their fans.

I can’t recommend the album enough.

I think it’s the “Sergeant Peppers” for the 21st century. Every track is so enjoyable, you will be letting it play over and over again on your phone or CD player.

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Christomir Rackov

Now what could I possibly think about the “The ORANGE dream” you are talking about?

Of course I think it shouldn't be just a dream, and more artists and bands should be doing the thing that you do ("That Thing You Do!" 😉 LOL), with more focus on melodies and harmonies in music, rather than "looking cool" and "up to date"...

Unfortunately, very few are. But at least I am grateful the world has you, doing that (though most of the world doesn't know it... yet).

So I can only say THANK YOU for all the great work you do, for your talent and inspiration, and for being who you are, and staying true to yourselves!

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What marvelous comments and observations!

Orange is not just a dream but, a reality that will be talked about 50 years from now.

It is one of the best albums to ever come along period! What a tremendous tribute to their producer dad in No More Worries Company. Its very easy to see where Mona And Lisa got their love of music and writing style.

A remembrance to Woodstock in Once Upon A Time. A Woodstock Legend who Plays Blues Harp on tracks 3 and 6. The Legendary John Sebastian. Mona and Lisa's dad play Piano on a couple of tracks.

The most mind blowing part? Mona and Lisa play all the other instruments on the album! Nothing short of PHENOMENAL! No other Musician does this I know of. Still A Friend Of Mine is as beautiful a song that has ever been written. Club 27 is about the artists that have died much to early at the age of 27. It also reminds of the feeling I get when I listen to Chicago's 25 6 to 4. Sweet Lorraine is a sassy night club song. Waiting For The Waiter is some serious Blues. The kind you would hear in New Orleans or Memphis. That's Life written 2 years ago is a poingent tell about life. Close to you is about missing a dear friend that has gone on to different things in life but is very much missed. Count on Me is just that.

No matter what happens you can still Count On Me.Its Alright and In it For Love are what you would have heard from the Mamas And Papas Mona and Lisa's harmonies are extraordinary.

Something that can't be taught.

Orange will be a worldwide Hit! Believe me The MonaLisa Twins will be Huge! #ORANGEisthenewalbum

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Gert Just Jensen

I came across the MonaLisaTwins years ago on youtube, looking for a cover of Mr Tambourine Man and theirs popped up. I was impressed with their musical skills at such a young age ( 13 back then ).

I went through their other videos and immediately subscribed. I, like Mona&Lisa love the 60`s sound, but they are not a retro band. They have, like The Beatles did, taken the sound of their heroes, added their own style and turned it into something that is uniquely their own with harmonies of the same perfection as the Everly Brothers, so if you don`t know them, check them out on YouTube. They are definitely worth your time.

Their new album Orange is one of the best albums i have heard in years. They have grown into brilliant songwriters in the old singer/songwriter tradition who can write great songs in any genre, like the rock song Club 27 or the ballad Still A Friend Of Mine. One of the most beautiful songs i have heard in a long time.

So again, if you don`t know them check them out. Their songs are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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Hi Mona and Lisa,

As you very well know, I had the fortune of discovering you over 3 years ago after looking for good covers of Hollies songs on YouTube. The thing about Hollies covers is 1) there aren't very many of them (except for 1928739873987 versions of "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" played wrong...) and 2) they have to be something pretty special to so much as get my attention, let alone impress me.

Your cover of "Bus Stop" instantly grabbed my attention well and truly by the throat and not only got me to sit up and take notice, but to be very, very impressed indeed!

After picking myself up off the floor, I went on to absorb myself in discovering your other recordings and videos and was even more blown away!

I knew that I had stumbled across something truly special and magical.

What soon began to stand out to me was the quality of your own original material and your natural gift for writing, performing and just infusing that certain 'something' (you will have heard me refer to this on many occasions as "fairy dust"!).

What I already knew about you in this regard was totally blown away when I heard "Orange". It's been a very long time since listening to an album has actually made me feel excitement - and I don't mean just the excitement of receiving and listening to the new album. I mean that I felt physically excited by the music itself and, believe me, it takes some darned special music to affect me to such a degree!

Of course, I have my favourites - "Once Upon a Time" is a powerful, clever track on so many levels and it's one that has to get turned right up when listening in the car! And "Still a Friend of Mine", well, what can I say about this? Absolute, sheer beauty and genius! I can't really say more than that - it has left me pretty much speechless since the moment I first heard it!

You know that I will always be 100% honest with you because, as a musician and songwriter, I know how important that is. You know that I will never just give you gushing 'fanboy' praise, so whenever I commend you on something, it is truly deserved. Equally, if I don't like something or if I think something doesn't work, you also know that I will tell you.

With "Orange", commending you and giving you genuine praise is so easy. You were already fantastic and "When We're Together" is an amazing album that still contains some of my favourite songs of all time. But "Orange" has gone leaps and bounds beyond anything you've done before.

I am still astonished at just HOW good it is!

It is so good that I actually find it difficult to find the words to describe it! Suffice it to say, this is album that should be in the collection of all true music lovers, especially if they're looking for something with good musicianship, songs with strong melodies, lyrics and harmonies and an overall "Wow!" factor that is so sadly and obviously lacking in the majority of modern chart music.

I've certainly missed popping over to the Cavern to see you, but as much as I've missed you (can you believe it's been a whole year since we last saw each other!?) I have to say that the result has been worth it in the end.

Congratulations once again on such a great job on such a fantastic album!

»Glenn«

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I agree on their cover of Bus Stop, it’s excellent! Paint It Black is another ripper they do well.

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Hello all,

The blog above may seem like a bit of a long read. Do read it as it is very informative.

Though it has only been a few years now, I had to think hard to remember how I got introduced to MLT and their music. In short, I was browsing the web and came to the MLT YouTube pages. From listening to my first MLT cover I was hooked! The twins and co sounded great and I just had to listen to more. Later came the MLT own written music. The MLT originals are magnificent. I particularly enjoy 'June' but would say that 'That's Life' is one of my favourites and would put it at or near the top if ranked.

I would recommend anyone new to MLT to go directly to the YouTube page - https://www.youtube.com/user/MonaLisaTwins - and check out all the covers and original music there. The twins cover mostly sixties based music and give it a very fresh modern lilt. In particular, look out for the very amusing cover of 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' and the ever so beautifully rendered 'If I fell' and cheeky yet marvellous 'A World Without Love'.

I was lucky enough to meet Mona and Lisa (and Michaela), be it briefly, when they performed at the Blackpool Comic Con a couple or so years ago (at time of writing this). Though the twins and co were very busy, they took time to have a short chat with me and sign my copy of 'When We're Together'. The MLT were awesome whilst performing live and lovely to meet in person.

I have mentioned this before when writing about MLT but will put it 'out there' again. I was in something of a music listening desert for quite a few years. Sure enough I had my favourites that I would play from time to time but I had nothing I wanted to play over and over as I did in my youth. My experience with MLT has changed that and I simply love playing their music again and again. I think that this is not just so much because of the excellent covers or the wonderful originals per se! It is simply that, in a world where so much modern music seems to have to be money driven to be successful, part of 'the machine', autotuned or uninspiring the Mona Lisa Twins offer a wonderfully fresh shine on their covers, produce meaningful originals and actually sound great with their own voices.

Yeah! I'm sure there is some editing for the studio produced stuff but, if my opinion counts for anything, MLT produce music that is (for a better way of putting it) 'what it says on the tin' and of exceedingly good quality.

I was asked recently which music of MLT is best to buy as a first purchase and introduction. I replied on the lines of it being difficult to decide as all the MLT music is good. If you want to jump straight into the originals, the new and vibrant album 'ORANGE' is a great place to start. If you want to try out the covers first then it is probably best to start with 'MonaLisa Twins play Beatles and more'.

On the whole, MLT are producing covers and original material in a professional manner and they have, it seems to this writer, very good core values. The originals by MLT prove that they are maturing well with time and can and will only get better.

Very well done MLT! Keep it fun and stay groovy. 🙂

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Like many MonaLisa Twins fan I discovered them on YouTube while searching through Beatles and Beach Boys videos and found one of their cover songs of the Beatles.

It's not often that you see girls covering Beatle's tunes so I decided to check them out. I was pleasantly surprised to see a quality made video by two girls playing guitars and singing classic Rock songs from my youth with the same energy, clarity and charm as the Beatles themselves. After watching a dozen or more cover songs I subscribed to their YouTube channel where I discovered they also had their own original tunes.

Now here's when my luck of finding them turned into a blessing. I listened to everyone of their original song videos they had out at the time (late 2013) and found I enjoyed their original songs as much if not more then their cover songs.

These girls were on to something that I couldn't believe. Music that was pleasing to the ear while at the same time spoke to your heart. Carefully crafted lyrics that were meaningful to the listener as well. I purchased their album of original tunes "When We're Together", and was treated to all of their own songs they had at that time. I bought additional CDs and gave them as gifts to family and friends who also enjoyed their music and became fans.

Now with the release of their second album of all original songs, ORANGE, I have fallen in love with their music all over again. The leap in their musicianship and production is amazing with the new album and I listen to it daily while working and driving. The day just goes by so much better with their music playing along with it's catchy and meaningful lyrics.

The world needs to hear more music like this and I have personally made an effort to introduce it to as many people as I can while also supporting the MonaLisa Twins with regular donations to help them to continue to create this beautiful musical art. Keep the great tunes coming Mona and Lisa.

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Yeah - the covers!

What can I write that betters what you impart?

Not much!

The 'When We're Together' album is wonderful but it is barely a starter when compared to the main course that is 'ORANGE'. Of course I do not wish to detract any from the former but it is a very different album to the latter and both are excellent.

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When We're Together was the starting point where the girls cut their teeth in the studio. With ORANGE they show how they have mastered the recording process and honed their musical skills. The results are are amazing to say the least.

With time and more life experiences the message of the songs may broaden further, but I think the biggest factor will be when the music world takes notice of what they have created and realizes this is a better direction for music to return to.

Real musicians playing real instruments with lyrics that are positive and make an impact on society. I don't want to make it sound like their music is a 60s nostalgia trip because it's not.

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I really like their playing of all the instruments, too. Sure you can get a more polished sound with musicians who excel at playing one instrument, but there’s something about talented musos doing it all. It adds to the richness in a different way.

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I can only sentiment this excellent blog. For me the music of the 60's was so innovative and creative. It was highly stimulant, exciting and full of love and expression. It was an era that will never be repeated.

This is why I personally feel Mona and Lisa should feel very proud and be highly commended, for their commitment and talent to bring this exciting era alive again through their own music! I own a copy of the Orange album and love it!

I think MLT would blow away The X-Factor performing "Still a Friend of Mine" or "That's Life". That's just a couple, as they have many other great songs. However, with their choice of using the internet as their media to get their music across is an innovative approach; with access to many of their videos and their excellent website. MLT's music is so fresh and alive.

Anyone who wants to get an essence of the 60's with a modern approach , won't be disappointed grabbing a copy of the Orange album. I highly commend it. 🙂

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Well said, Steve! I love all of the MonaLisa-Twins music, but "ORANGE" is definitely special. I still remember how The Beatles "White Album" blew me away. I didn't think I would ever feel that way again. But, ORANGE blew me away.

Even if you listen to today's latest and greatest, I think you would like ORANGE. There is so much on it, I think there's something for everyone. Upbeat humor like, "No More Worries Company: and "Sweet Lorraine" just cheer me up every time I listen. Beautiful ballads like "Close to You" and "Still a Friend of Mine" melts my heart. "In It For Love" heart warming! I can relate to "That's Life" and "Hey Waiter"

I have always been a huge John Sebastian fan. I love every song on their previous album "When We're Together" but right now I'm still absorbing ORANGE! My recommendation? Get ORANGE, and if you don't already have it, get "When We're Together" and ORANGE!

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Excellently put. I agree that MLT would blow away the TV 'talent' shows but I am very glad they have not gone down that route.

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I have started drafting a detailed review of "Orange". But I have started MLT reviews many times and given up. I get discouraged, because what I write just doesn't express how I feel. My review isn't worthy of the work.

I am simply unable to express how Mona, Lisa, Michaela and Rudi entertain me. It's more than just music. It's a musical spirit. Imagine finding a nugget of gold in a rushing mountain stream. Team MLT is in it for love and that's why they are an unstoppable force.

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I thoroughly quite agree.... Today's music for the most part, sadly is lacking originality in the musicianship by means of instrumentation....substance....noise really....

The reason MLT has Awesome appeal is that simply.. they have invested into the quality of what they want to create music-wise and KNOW truly what they are doing...it comes naturally to them...they have the innate sense musical and lyrical giftedness and it clearly shows.

For me they are a refreshing welcome into the music world.. It is beautiful when one can relate and/or be moved by the music itself or the lyrics or of its entirety rather than be frustrated... irritated by noise...non verbal rants of supposed lyrics , etc. Indeed MLT and their latest creative of ORANGE has produced a solid foundation in how true music is rooted...crafted....and longevity.

They have succeeded and will continue to strive because they understand what sustains. Thankyou for all your music and having this ORANGE DREAM recognized and may more dreams bloom and blossom .

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Couldn't agree more Jacki. Much of today's music is manufactured and then given to a singer to add the vocals to.

Good music requires a collaboration between all of the participants with each making their own unique interpretation on the music and how it fits together with the vocals. This is where the MLTs have the advantage of all sitting down together in the studio and making the small tweaks needed to pump the juice into the song.

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'ORANGE' is a dream of the highest quality and I for one can barely wait for next one!

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An album every six months like The Beatles would be awesome! But not for team MLT. 🙄

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I found Mona and Lisa during a troubling period in my life workwise and not only did they help me get through it with their magnificently uplifting music and videos but continue to bring happiness with every listen.

There is nothing like family voices to create beautiful harmonies (ala Beach Boys, Bee Gees) and their love of 60s music shines through strongly on their new album "Orange" like no other found today. Each song on the album is unique; bringing you into a different room and place and has you singing and humming along instantly.

Their influences come through vividly yet is a completely unique experience and performance. This album is a must for everyone's collection and if you do not have it yet I would highly recommend making it so as soon as you can! You will be smiling before you know it.

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Not that it would have stopped me from liking MLT but I too came to hear their music in a difficult time of my life due to health issues. I would have liked MLT anyway. I must say that MLT lifted my spirits with their covers and original music back then and still do so.

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Mona and Lisa better known as The MonaLisa Twins are the main reason the sound of the 60's is back in today's market. Their mind blowing Harmonies are reminisent of the Beach Boys. Nothing else even comes close.

They have an extraordinary, Phenominal album out now ORANGE! if you've not heard it you are missing out on something truly special. The sound of the 60's is alive and well!

Sounds of Woodstock, night clubs, heart wrenching ballads, a personal tribute to their production and a Legendary Guest are all one one album! Mona And Lisa have created an album others only dream of. They play their own instruments on the album With the exception of Blues Harp! Phenominal to say the least! Do yourself a favor and rush out and get this Beautiful album for the ages

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I could not agree more with this. I have all of the CDs available from the store and have 'ORANGE' on both CD and vinyl. The twins and their supporting artists are nothing less than marvellous.

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