Inspired by his vacation paradise in the mountains of Telemark, Monalia formed in Oslo, Norway in late 2008 by Terje Halmrast. Monalia is about longing; about getting away from all the worries and disappointments in everyday life, to a better world inside, where the greatness, the peace and the savagery of nature slowly gets painted out in the songs.
Some of his biggest influences are popmusic from the 60s, with its melodic and catchy melodies, and music from the british underground scene through the 80s and the 90s, with its floaty, psychedelic, introverted soundscape.
After five years with musical isolation, he finally took the step for studio in late 2013 and recorded his first EP, with the fitting title "Waited All Too Long", together with Morten Øby (the Lionheart Brothers) at Taakeheimen Studio in Oslo. The EP will be released in late 2015.