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Album Review

Tokyo's Mono have matured in a most compelling way. They began shamelessly wearing their influences on their collective sleeve, pushing a heavy brand of distorted guitar scree into the stratosphere of sheer punishing noise. On Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined, the band's third full-length on the brilliant Temporary Residence Limited label, they've transformed themselves into something utterly new. Recorded in Chicago by Steve Albini, this is Mono's most adventurous and unclassifiable recording yet. These eight pieces, ranging from two and a half minutes to over 15 in length, are deeply arranged and textured works that offer stark, nearly ambient textures and frames that evolve into utterly thunderous and ecstatic guitar freakouts where melody, harmony, and space all commingle, collide, and kiss. Nowhere is this more evident than on the opener, "16.12," or the labyrinthine "Lost Snow." Alison Chesley's cello presents itself as an anchor, playing an elegiac yet elegant theme in "Mere Your Pathetique Light," as feedback and six-string dissonance wind around it and create a dynamic that never overpowers the phrase yet incorporates its poetry into a taut whole. By far the most engaging album yet from Mono, Walking Cloud proves that the band is an entity unto itself.

Customer Reviews

a wordless poem

stunning in it's simplicity. each time i listen, it is as if i'm hearing this music for the first time. evocative and engaging. mono have become the soundtrack to my writing.

My favorite

Simply beautiful start to finish. Mono is forging a new style of music; classical rock. This set is moving...... It requires your attention and demands alot of you. Plug in your headphones and cast off..... This one is not to be missed.


Formed: 1999 in Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Japanese experimental group Mono came together in 2000, choosing to forgo vocals and concentrate instead on atmospheric, classical-inspired rock music. The foursome, bassist Tamaki (the lone female in the group), drummer Yasunori Takada, and guitarists Takaakira "Taka" Goto and Yoda, released their first full-length record, Under the Pipal Tree, in 2001 on John Zorn's Tzadik label. In 2003, after switching to Arena Rock Recording Company, Mono issued One Step More and You Die, a remix version of...
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