Is this the most sublime track of the year?


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.

Mono – ‘Everlasting Light.’ mp3

Let me know what you think!

Mono’s website/Mono’s myspace

(More mp3s on the website!)

Mad, Bad and…interesting to hear #1

(san Francisco’s Matmos)

This is going to be a fairly short post, with quite a lot of music. I’ve been trying to expand my listening habits of late, which is always fun, and have been checking out The Wire, which is fantastic both on and off-line, and two other blogs which are also very good for challenging and experimental are An Idiot’s Guide To Dreaming and 20 Jazz Funk Greats (eagle-eyed readers will spot that the title of the latter blog is, of course, a reference to a Throbbing Gristle album, rather than a compilation of slap-bass monstrosities). If you like what you’re about to hear, then they should be your next port of call, along with Epitonic and Insound

For your aural pleasure, two tracks apiece from five acts.

WARNING: This music is not for those who cannot deal with being challenged!

Black Dice-‘Endless Happiness.’ mp3

Black Dice-‘Roll Up.’ mp3

Current 93 -‘Then Kill Caesar.’ mp3

Current 93 -‘VauVauVau(Black Ships In Their Harbour).’ mp3

Matmos -‘The Struggle Against Unreality Begins.’ mp3

Matmos-‘Roses And Teeth For Ludwig Wittgenstein.’ mp3

Mono -‘The Flames.’ mp3

Mono -‘Halcyon Beautiful Days.’ mp3

Yellow Swans -‘Untitled.’ mp3

Yellow Swans -‘I Woke Up.’ mp3

As always, if you like what you hear, please support the artists involved by buying music, going to see shows etc.

Due to going on honeymoon, these links will be up for two weeks.