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Hymn To The Immortal Wind

This is the first Mono album to feature a full orchestra, and that provides the album's pronounced magnitude. The agonizing, climbing guitar parts stand amongst swaying, buttressing cellos and violins by the dozen, while flutes and glockenspiels liven those quieter moments. It is especially impressive that the orchestra is not used merely as a s...view item »

Behind The Shadow Drops

This is the debut album from  Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto of iconic Japanese rock explorers Mono. Here he stretches out into a myriad of styles from ambient to trip hop to industrial minimalism and modern classical  and takes members of Tortoise, Mono and the Sea & Cake along...view item »

For My Parents

As the title suggests, For My Parents sees Mono tracing their roots, and I think this important for a band that previously gave no indication of their Japanese heritage. Even as someone of Asian descent myself, if I only looked at their album sleeves and listened to the music, I would not guess Mono even had any Eastern heritage, let alone Japan...view item »

Requiem For Hell

An album by Japanese post-rock heavyweights MONO, titled Requiem For Hell, was always going to be a crashingly epic experience, and the band don’t disappoint. Strings are prominent within the sound here, coaxing the band’s grand crescendos into yet-more-ecstatic territory. CD / double LP editions on the Pela...view item »

MONO / The Ocean

This split pairs highly respected post-rock young guns The Ocean with highly respected post-rock elders Mono. One track each, both beyond ten minutes (of course), and both suitably tremendous in scale. The Ocean’s track is inspired by Gaspar Noe’s Enter The Void...view item »

The Last Dawn

Stripping their sound back from the grandiose orchestral pomp of their recent albums, Japanese post-rockers Mono return this week with two separate single LPs rather than their usual double. 'The Last Dawn' and 'Rays Of Darkness' explore the opposing themes of light and dark, joy and pain, with 'The Last Dawn' perhaps unsurprisingly being the li...view item »

Rays of Darkness

Mono return without the orchestra for their latest tag-team of albums, with 'Rays Of Darkness' providing a scorched and blackened companion piece to the more redemptive 'The Last Dawn', with the two being released simultaneously. In contrast to that more uplifting LP, this one provides a devastating wall of crumbling distorto-drones and harsh no...view item »

One Step More And You Die / New York Soundtracks

Hundreds of people have asked for a re-press of post rock sludgers Mono's second album 'One More Step and You Die' and here it is. Not only that, it contains the out of print 'New York Soundtracks' album containing remixes by Calla, Loren Connors, Jackie O Motherfecker and more. All remastered with expanded artwork.  ...view item »

Travels In Constants (Vol. 22): The Phoenix Tree

Lordy what's this almost majestic cresendo happening!!! Its The Phoenix Tree by Mono and its a musical interpretation of the aftermath of the the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Its amazing that something so destructive could inspire something so beautiful. Reading the press we're taken on a journey and as track ...view item »

Under The Pipal Tree

This is the debut album by MONO, first released fifteen years ago on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Turns out these guys were epic right from the start: much of Under The Pipal Tree has a grand sweep and a searing intensity to it. Under The Pipal Tree has never been released on vinyl before, s...view item »

You Are There

I'm rather enjoying this new Mono album on Temporary Residence. I've managed to skillfully avoid Mono til now. Not entirely sure why cos this is fantastic. It's called You Are There and it's recorded by the guitar lord of noise Albini. The main point I have to make about this album...view item »