Japan’s Mono is a workhorse of sound, carving immense, cavernous soundscapes that grow from spare to spectacular.
Hymn to the Immortal Wind is the quartet’s fifth release in its ten year career, and in honor of the anniversary, Mono went big. For over a year, the band set their sights on writing and recording, and employed the largest chamber orchestra (30 musicians!) to appear on any of its albums. The results are impressive, at times overwhelming, and consistently awe-inspiring. The massive sound is cinematic, playing out like a dramatic film score, bursting with emotion.
Be aware that Mono’s music isn’t for everyone; its grandiose statements are often so large, it is easy to become lost in the layers of sound, drenched by a flood of emotion. To listen to Hymn to the Immortal Wind is to step into another world, and while not for everyone, those that make the trip will be richly rewarded.
Hymn to the Immortal Wind is out now on Temporary Residence Limited.