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.
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9/10 Richard 21st March 2019
Mono's new album is a great place for the uninitiated to start. As their career has developed they have tried to vary their sound on each release, even if those changes are rather subtle, in order to avoid settling into a cosy post-rock rut. On 'Nowhere Now Here' you have a distillation of the best of their previous releases.
Opener 'God Bless' is short, but the wailing horns lead perfectly into 'After You Comes The Flood' which explodes into life with an intensity that all the best post rock should be capable of. A killer riff overwhelms the track, and then things are stripped right back for 'Breathe' which features Tamaki on vocals for the first time in Mono's output. It's a lovely hazy track, with a gentle insistent drone at it's core. The title track, the longest here, is next up, and is classic Mono, with their trademark crescendo to the fore. It's all damn good, and there's plenty more to come. Other highlights include the haunting 'Meet Us Where The Night Ends' which is underpinned by an almost choral shimmer as it builds, and 'Funeral Song' with horns again to the fore, reminding me of Mogwai circa 1999's 'EP'.
The vinyl is tasty too, but no download code, although I emailed the label with proof of purchase and they helped out. Good job too as it's a record that works just as well on the move as in the home. A beautiful release.
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