I’m not quite sure when I first heard Mono, though I think it may have been through a blog somewhere, but I’m glad I did. The Japanese post-rockers recently released their seventh album (at least, I make it their seventh), Hymn To The Immortal Wind, and it may be the best thing they have ever done.
It’s almost a bit too obvious to compare them to Mogwai, but there’s a similarity in that at times they seem to be producing almost classical territory, and at other times more in common with Sunno ))) or compatriots Boris. The album is recorded by Steve Albini (the man never uses the word p*o*u**d -c’mon!) who captures the magic in the same way that he did for the Wedding Present, PJ Harvey, Low, The Breeders…
This is the closing track on their excellent album – like John Peel said of The Fall -‘Always different, always the same’ and it’s one of the greatest tracks I’ve heard this year.
Let me know what you think!
(More mp3s on the website!)