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MONO announce new studio album »Pilgrimage Of The Soul« and release a music video for the first single »Riptide«

Japanese instrumental rock band MONO announce their new studio album, »Pilgrimage Of The Soul«, which will be released on September 17th, 2021 via Pelagic Records, Temporary Residence Ltd. and New Noise China.

Watch a brand new music video for the first single and opening track »Riptide«.

The band comments: “After a long year of planning, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be releasing the new 11th album »Pilgrimage Of The Soul« which was recorded during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the summer of 2020. Recorded and mixed by Steve Albini, this album will mark its release on September 17, 2021 via Temporary Residence Ltd., Pelagic Records and New Noise China.

Pre-order for the album is available now, alongside the new film/single »Riptide« and exclusive merch, coinciding with this announcement on monoofjapan.com.”

Artwork by Ahmed Emad Eldin.

Tracklist:
01. Riptide
02. Imperfect Things
03. Heaven In A Wild Flower
04. To See A World
05. Innocence
06. The Auguries
07. Hold Infinity In The Palm Of Your Hand
08. And Eternity In An Hour

From Pelagic Records:

»Pilgrimage Of The Soul« is the 11th studio album in the 22-year career of Japanese experimental rock legends, MONO. Recorded and mixed – cautiously, anxiously, yet optimistically – during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the summer of 2020, »Pilgrimage Of The Soul« is aptly named as it not only represents the peaks and valleys where MONO are now as they enter their third decade, but also charts their long, steady journey to this time and place.

Continuing the subtle but profound creative progression in the MONO canon that began with »Nowhere Now Here« (2019), »Pilgrimage Of The Soul« is the most dynamic MONO album to date (and that’s saying a lot). But where MONO’s foundation was built on the well-established interplay of whisper quiet and devastatingly loud, »Pilgrimage Of The Soul« crafts its magic with mesmerizing new electronic instrumentation and textures, and – perhaps most notably – faster tempos that are clearly influenced by disco and techno. It all galvanizes as the most unexpected MONO album to date – replete with surprises and as awash in splendor as anything this band has ever done.

MONO began in Japan at the end of the 20th Century as a young band equally inspired by the pioneers of moody experimental rock (My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai) and iconic Classical composers (Beethoven, Morricone) who came before them. They have evolved into one of the most inspiring and influential experimental rock bands in their own right. It is only fitting that their evolution has come at the glacial, methodical pace that their patient music demands. MONO is a band who puts serious value in nuance, and offers significant rewards for the wait.

Head over to the link below to watch their incredible video for »Riptide«, and make sure to pre-order one of the limited bundles and vinyl editions: https://smarturl.it/mono-pots

Temporary Residence Ltd. (North America):
• Opaque Orange DLP (Ltd. to 1,000)
• Standard Black DLP
• Digi Wallet CD

Pelagic Records (Europe):
• Clouds DLP (Ltd. to 250)
• Eternity DLP (Ltd. to 150)
• Infinity DLP (Ltd. to 500)
• Wild Flower DLP (Ltd. to 200)
• Auguries DLP (Ltd. to 333) [Subscriber Edition]
• Standard Black DLP
• Digi Wallet CD
• Wild Flower T-Shirt & Hoodie (Europe Exclusive)
• Auguries Long Sleeve (Europe Exclusive)

New Noise (China):
• Opaque White w/ Orange Splatter DLP (Ltd. to 1,000)
• Digi Wallet CD
• Infinity T-Shirt (China Exclusive)

Omerch (Europe):
• »Riptide« T-Shirt (Omerch Exclusive)

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

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