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MONO
Nowhere Now Here

The mighty MONO return to Pelagic Records (The Ocean, God Is An Astronaut) with their tenth LP. Nowhere Now Here holds beauty and terror in perfect balance - see how the dark, Thou-esque numbers like ‘After You Comes The Flood’ are juxtaposed with the ethereally beautiful post-rock of ‘Breathe’. This is another fine record from the seasoned band.

Arabrot
Die Nibelungen

Award winning noise/art rockers Arabrot are no strangers to doing live scores to silent films, but with Fritz Lang’s Die Nibelungen being 5 hours long, they certainly faced a new challenge. With members of Nurse With Wound, Current 93, and Gnod joining for the performance Arabrot managed to pull off an incredibly dynamic and deft piece to support the film. Here, highlights and certain movements have been collected to create a stand alone album.
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Årabrot
Who Do You Love

On the noisiness-scale of Norwegian music, right in the middle between Mayhem and Kings of Convenience, you’ll find Årabrot, which is just to say that they use electric guitars but not pigs’ heads. Reminiscent in artsiness of Of Montreal [sic], and with a certain appreciation of the melodramatic, Who Do You Love is the emotional rollercoaster you're looking for.
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Arms and Sleepers
Find The Right Place

Though originally a post-rock group, the intercontinental duo Arms & Sleepers have been releasing much more focussed and concise music of late. This trend continues on Find The Right Place, a pretty LP that fuses the sounds of dream-pop, downtempo ambience, plunderphonics and glitchy electronica. The result is an album that lands somewhere between Bonobo’s Black Sands and The Avalanches’s Since I Left You.

Emil Amos
Filmmusik

Playing in a wide range of bands - OM, Grails, Holy Sons, and Lilacs and Champagne, multi-instrumentalist Emil Amos puts out his first full length as a solo artist. Set out as music written for film, the LP stylistically touches base with each of the projects he is known for, landing somewhere between Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore and Dalek.

Wang Wen
Sweet Home, Go!

Sweet Home, Go! is the new album by Chinese post-rock six-piece Wang Wen. As the band embarked on the album they wanted the music to be free and filled with feeling and life, exploring depths and shallows, contrasts and nuance. The producer however wanted to make a sequence of music. The two parts came together to make a balanced, beautiful whole featuring 7 tracks including an a cappella.

MONO
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 Pelagic label.

pg.lost
Versus

A blast from the post-rock past! pg.lost tend to bring the heavy side of beautiful, while also implementing songwritten affectations and treated vocals. On Versus they ditch that and go a lil' bit electronic, utilising synth to offset their muddy, heartbroken sound. For fans of the more guttural post rock a la Russian Circles and Caspian.

Cult of Luna / The Old Wind
Raangest

Cult of Luna and The Old Wind face off on Raangest, an old-school noisy split EP available on 12” vinyl and CD. Post-metallers Cult of Luna reinterpret a hardcore classic with their customary abrasiveness and slow riffing. Thankfully The Old Wind (who also hail from Sweden) don’t stray too far from this heavy, bleak and gloriously repetitive format either. Their contribution is taken from recent album sessions and is tar-black sludge metal.

Takaakira 'Taka' Goto
Classical Punk and Echoes Over Beauty

After aging for 12 years, the solo album by MONO frontman Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto is finally here - it was originally composed and recorded back in 2003! Featuring what will hopefully continue in the direction of engrossing, tension-filled compositions, Classical Punk and Echoes over Beauty has us holding high hopes. Highly recommended for anybody who needs their fix of the finest in contemporary post-rock.

MONO
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 lighter of the two, taking its cues from shoegaze and minimalist film scores.

MONO
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 noise riffing that sees a bit of a return to the urgent intensity of their early releases.