Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Mono-For my Parents
Consider the line between atmospheric post rock and neoclassical contemporary music blurred. Japan's Mono have delivered an epic worth the price.
This is high praise for a band that until a few months ago I had never even heard of. I happened across a preview track on a blog I regularly visit and was impressed with what I heard, even from such a small sample. Mono's newest album, For my Parents, was released a week ago, and it has taken me that long to listen to it and offer my thoughts.
Mono successfully blends ambient and atmospheric soundscapes with orchestral majesty in thier new album. I defy anyone to find a post rock outfit quite like Mono. Yes, at times Joy Wants Eternity, another band I have raved about, comes close. Mono is most often compared to post rock stalwarts Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky, but in my opinion they offer generous helpings of delicious melody in forms that the aforementioned bands don't quite replicate.
Listening to this album, I couldn't help thinking that this music was from a film, because it definitely sounds like it could have. Amid the sweeps of symphony and the reflective, reverb-laden, ambiance the band occaionally introduces harmonic guitar plucking and sparse drum patterns.
This album ought to be a staple in any worthy post rock CD collection. I was slightly disappointed to find out that this album only offers up six tracks, but those six tracks amount to nearly a full hour of music. All you have to do is press play, sit back, relax, and enjoy. I'll give For my Parents an incredible 4.9/5 stars. Give it a listen below. Thanks for reading and enjoy!