Monarch Trail are a Canadian progressive rock trio, led by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ken Baird, Wither Down is their third release. Now, if the band and the album have gone under your musical radar of late, amongst the other fine releases of 2021, don’t be too concerned – they had gone under mine as well! I was vaguely aware of the name in the past, but not their music. However, when Wither Down was a surprise entry at No. 3 in Shaun Geraghty’s Prog Mill Album of the Year 2021 Listener’s Poll on Progzilla radio, it clearly demonstrated the band have a dedicated and committed following out there, which made both the album and the band worth exploring further. As a result, it seemed the right time to give the release a full TPA review.