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Japanese veteran shoegaze band Mono return with soaring new single »Oath«; 25th anniversary orchestral tour dates announced!

Japanese instrumental rock/shoegaze band Mono has released a music video for new single »Oath«.

»Oath« is the first single and title track from Mono’s forthcoming full-length album, set to release on June 14th, 2024 via Temporary Residence Ltd., Pelagic Records and New Noise.

Tracklist:
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 their 25th anniversary, Japanese instrumental rock band MONO will release their 12th album »Oath« on June 14, 2024 via Temporary Residence Ltd., Pelagic Records and New Noise.

More than an eponymous track, »Oath« serves as the album’s theme. Anyone who is a fan of MONO’s unique songwriting and sound construction is bound to have stars in their eyes with this one. The classical instruments greet the listener with comfort and lightness, while the quartet quietly take their time to join in… until they reach a pinnacle of post-rock splendour, spiced up with a hint of shoegaze as only the band can do!

Guitarist and composer of the band, Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto, states: “The album »Oath« is about “time and life”. We wanted to express the “limited time in life” and the “meaning of life”. Our time goes by day by day. What is my goal? What is my purpose? What is the reason I live every day? What can we do? What should we do? We wanted to learn what we were feeling about time and life, what we have lost and found, and the questions and the answers we discovered during both our good and difficult times. We live with a vow that hasn’t changed since we were children.”

The music video for »Oath« was produced in collaboration with one of the band’s endorsers, EarthQuaker Devices, and was filmed during the recording session of the new album, recorded and mixed by one of their longtime collaborators, Steve Albini, at Electrical Audio.

To celebrate the band’s 25th anniversary, MONO are also announcing a special, 8-day European tour with a chamber ensemble, where they’ll perform the entirety of the new album accompanied by strings and brass. Tickets will go on sale on April 19 at 10:00am, local time.

25th Anniversary Orchestral Tour

MONO »Oath« European Tour 2024
featuring Chamber Ensemble

Oct 22 / FR Paris / Le Trianon
Oct 23 / BE Gent / Vooruit
Oct 24 / DE Berlin / Metropol
Oct 26 / UK London / Hackney Church
Oct 27 / NL Utrecht / TivoliVredenburg Grote Zaal
Oct 28 / DK Copenhagen / Vega
Oct 29 / SE Stockholm / Göta Lejon
Oct 31 / FI Helsinki / House of Culture

»Oath« Japan Tour 2024
Nov 20 / JP Tokyo / Spotify O-East (featuring Orchestra PITREZA)
Nov 22 / JP Osaka / Yogibo Holy Mountain (band only)

Tickets: monoofjapan.com/tour.php

Music video credits:
Video by EarthQuakerDevices.
Directed and edited by Chris Tran.
Filmed by Chris Tran, Jeff France and Dannesh Moosa.

Pre-order »Oath« now: orcd.co/mono

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

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