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Japanese instrumental rockers band Mono release new studio album »Oath« today via Temporary Residence Ltd., Pelagic Records and New Noise!

Japanese instrumental rockers band Mono present their 12th studio album, »Oath«, which was just released this Friday, June 14th, 2024 via Temporary Residence Ltd., Pelagic Records and New Noise.

The band comments: “Today, we are proud to release our new album »Oath«. This is the last original studio album that we made with our beloved partner Steve Albini, with whom we have worked together for 22 years. A huge thank you to everyone who supports us. Out Now on LP/CD/Digital:”

01. Us, Then
02. Oath
03. Then, Us
04. Run On
05. Reflection
06. Hear The Wind Sing
07. Hourglass
08. Moonlight Drawing
09. Holy Winter
10. We All Shine On
11. Time Goes By

Courtesy of Pelagic Records:

Coinciding with the band’s 25th anniversary, Japanese instrumental rock band MONO will release their 12th album »Oath« on June 14, 2024, via Temporary Residence Ltd. (North America), Pelagic Records (Europe) and New Noise (China).

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“What are we doing here?”

The year 2020 turned what was once quintessential late-night stoner existentialism into a daily mantra for nearly everyone on this planet. What are we doing with our limited time in this life? What is our purpose? What should we be doing?

For the past 25 years, MONO have explored themes such as the relationship between darkness and light; hope in the face of disaster; and the duality of birth and death. On their 12th full-length album, »Oath«, they ponder the time that makes up life, and how to make the most of that time.

Recorded and mixed with longtime friend and collaborator, Steve Albini, »Oath« opens like a sunrise with a slowly ascending orchestra and brass section, the full band taking its time to revel in the atmosphere before joining in the splendour. Throughout the album’s 71-minute runtime, MONO meditates on that theme of time and life in myriad ways. The unhurried evolution of a song that is a hallmark of MONO’s catalog is infused with an air of elegance that elevates »Oath« to new heights.

MONO challenged themselves with a universally relatable existential examination, and answered with »Oath«, an album that offers benevolent reflection rather than fleeting respite.

“We live with a vow that hasn’t changed since we were children. Hear the wind sing. We are part of the universe. We already know what we should do and what the most important thing in life is.” – Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto, MONO

MONO 25th Anniversary »Oath« Orchestral Tours

In celebration of the 25th anniversary, MONO will now also run a special orchestral tour in Europe and Japan, where they’ll perform the entirety of the new album accompanied by strings and brass. Tickets are on sale now.

Oct 22 / FR Paris / Le Trianon (ft. Chamber Ensemble)
Oct 23 / BE Gent / Vooruit (ft. Chamber Ensemble)
Oct 24 / DE Berlin / Metropol (ft. Chamber Ensemble)
Oct 26 / UK London / Hackney Church (ft. Chamber Ensemble)
Oct 27 / NL Utrecht / TivoliVredenburg Grote Zaal (ft. Chamber Ensemble)
Oct 28 / DK Copenhagen / Vega (ft. Chamber Ensemble)
Oct 29 / SE Stockholm / Göta Lejon (ft. Chamber Ensemble)
Oct 31 / FI Helsinki / House of Culture (ft. Chamber Ensemble)
Nov 20 / JP Tokyo / Spotify O-East (ft. Orchestra PITREZA)
Nov 22 / JP Osaka / Yogibo Holy Mountain (band only)


Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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