MONO presents their eleventh full-length album »Pilgrimage Of The Soul«, out now via Pelagic Records
Japanese instrumental post-rock act MONO presents their eleventh full-length album, »Pilgrimage Of The Soul«, out on September 17th, 2021 via Pelagic Records, Temporary Residence Ltd. and New Noise China.
Says the band: “Our 11th new album »Pilgrimage Of The Soul«’s European Edition 1st pressings are now sold out. Coinciding with this news, a new set of limited 2nd pressings have been added. Grab your copy via Pelagic Records at: https://bit.ly/mono-pots-vinyl”
02. Imperfect Things
03. Heaven In A Wild Flower
04. To See A World
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.
“Glacial, metallic, all-consuming post-rock.” – Stereogum
“Stunning, eloquent, emotionally gut-busting.” – Pop Matters
“It’s the kind of album that’s best played start to finish (and best played loudly), and that can truly suck you in and transport you to another world if you do so.” – Brooklyn Vegan
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well