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Hymn To Immortal Wind [VINYL]

MONO Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (23 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Temporary Residence Ltd
  • ASIN: B001Q8FS9I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mono- Hymn to the Immortal Wind LP (9/10) 21 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Now on their 5th full length release, Japanese four-piece `Mono' have steadily developed and defined their exciting but raw post-rock dissonance into a sublimely composed orchestral-rock masterclass. Featuring a cast of over 25 musicians contributing cello, contrabass, violin, viola and flute, Mono's newly found but not unexpected sound is undoubtedly epic and assuredly vivid and will make your Godspeed albums sound half-finished and your Explosions in the Sky albums sound ascetic.

Being one entity of music dissected into seven movements, Mono dish out a sonic narrative that shifts from rocking and unwieldy crescendos to sublime yet treacherous valleys and beyond. Crashing percussion, distorted-guitars, sweeping string-instruments, incandescent guitar motifs and the melodic flutters of harpsichord and glockenspiel are perfectly and I mean perfectly measured both in terms of timing and weight. They serve to open up these dynamic and melodic soundscapes in such a manner as to invite you, the listener, in with open arms, making you feel one with the music as it envelops you with its tangible sense of dismay, hopelessness, opportunity, optimism and turmoil.

Opener `Ashes in the Snow' reveals the immense Albini-derived production values that propel Mono into the upper echelons of instrumental rocks premier league. Such a lush and cinematically textured sound, it sweeps with the poignant majesty usually reserved for cult classical composers of yesteryear and has the power to sweep listeners off their feet whilst making them balk at the sheer opulence of their sound.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a worthy successor to 'You Are There' 31 Jan 2009
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MONO don't so much write songs as shape them, like Gods, out of incoming weather patterns. They gather fluffy white fragments of cloud and forge them into majestic black thunderheads, they take gentle puffs of wind and spin them into hurricane-force onslaughts that destroy everything in their path, and turn the gentle patter of rain into raging tsunami of sound. And then they put everything right again; better in fact than it ever was before, washed and reconstructed and exciting once again. They are to my mind quite simply the most extraordinarily creative and mesmerising rock band anywhere in the world right now. They are also both the gentlest and the loudest, and often all within the confines of the same song.

`Hymn to the Immortal Wind' is MONO's fifth studio album, their first since 2006's `You Are There', and marks the band's tenth anniversary in all. No mean feat in itself - but the truly remarkable thing is that not only is it a worthy successor to `You Are There', but if anything betters it.

After five years of pretty much constant touring, the band holed up at home in Japan for over a year to focus on writing this album, emerging only once to play at the Terrastock 7 festival in Kentucky - immediately after which they repaired to Steve Albini's place to do a little recording, along with an entire chamber orchestra: 10 cellists and 9 violins, plus assorted viola, flute and contrabass. To describe the instrumentation as "vast" therefore is understating it somewhat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Soundtrack 28 Mar 2009
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Mono just keep getting better. Ten years, and five albums, and a steady improvement throughout. 'Hymn To The Immortal Wind' is their greatest effort yet - shimmering and epic. Anyone familiar with their work will recognise how they masterfully climb the mountain from a whisper to a roar and back down again. This album seems to whisper more delicately and roar with such ear-splitting intensity that it's almost impossible not to be overwhelmed.

The interplay between Yoda and Taka's guitars is impeccable, and the washes of lush strings do nothing to detract from the beautiful core of the band's playing. Taka's arrangements really do emphasise the beauty of these compositions.

Almost all of these pieces are on the epic scale - 10-13 minutes apiece, and this is not overblown self-indulgence at all - each piece follows its own distinctive path to its own logical conclusion.

Having heard how integral the string arrangements seem to these pieces, I thought that it would be difficult for Mono to play this album live without them. How wrong I was. They captured all the passion, emotion and intensity of each composition beautifully (except 'Silent Flight, Sleeping Dawn', where the strings are so integral to the piece, without them it would have been a piano solo). The strings seemed like dressing. If you get a chance to see them playing this album live, don't pass it up. It's quite a breathtaking experience.
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By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
What a work of art this is. Not only do you get nearly 70 minutes of stunningly dramatic and powerful music you get an insert booklet with some stunning artwork ( by Esteban Rey ) and short chapters of the titular Hymn To The Immortal Wind ( written by Heeya So) The line up of musicians for this project reads like the cast of a film which is kind of ironic as the music has a cinematic sheen and scope featuring ebbing and flowing arrangements , huge theatrical pulses and some fulsome string arrangements by Takaakira Goto.
As has been mentioned by other reviewers fans of God Speed You Black Emperor , Explosions In The Sky, Sigur Ros at their most classical or Mogwai will find much to cherish here. This is Mono,s fifth album but the first time I have listened to them since their debut Formica Blues and they have certainly come on sonic leaps and expressive bounds .
The music swells on percussion like a whale footprint , or is propelled forward by juddering emissions of guitar . Other times it gravitates towards the classical with piano and bleeding strings . "Silent Flight, Sleeping Dawn " is like Michael Nyman at his most poignant ."The Battle To Heaven " in contrast features guitars that are positively grungy before the whole becomes a white hot furnace of blurred chords and shimmering drumming. "Everlasting Light " is a miasmic iridescent slice of pure rapture.
Is it post rock , classical rock , meta rock ? Does it really matter ? It is majestic , stunning and breathtaking and quite a few other adjectives that don't spring readily to mind right this very minute. This is music expressing through just sound and texture more than most albums can do with the most articulate verbiage tacked on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hymn To The Immortal Wind
5/5 Anyone who likes post-rock should buy this album. Not much more i can say than that. A brilliant album.
Published 7 months ago by ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Never wanted it to end.......
Difficult finding the words to describe all the emotions felt when listening to this album, nothing I've heard before has evoked both sadness & joy in equal measures as this did. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Andy C
5.0 out of 5 stars The soundtrack for my death bed
This is emotional music at it's best. Hairs stood up on the back of my neck listening to this album. I 'liked' the early MONO stuff but this album has made be 'love' them. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ommadawn1
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful. Just Beautiful.
No words can describe how beautiful this album is. I know this isn't very helpful, but let's put it in these 3 facts:

1) The last 14 months, 2 out of 3 cds I listen to,... Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by ImmortalWind
5.0 out of 5 stars More Classical Than Rock
This is modern classical music to my humble ears. This is craftmanship but with intense emotional feeling. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2009 by Mr. John Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars Best post-rock album of the year?
Mono have released a splendid album, mixing cinematic moods with crescendos able to lift you from the chair.

A Masterpiece!
Published on 13 Jun 2009 by Ricardo Mota
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Just fantastic! This is post rock at its best. If you like GYBE and Mogwai, your will certainly love Mono. This is not an album of endless guitar noodling with no development. Read more
Published on 20 May 2009 by Ųystein Bye
5.0 out of 5 stars Mono- Hymn to the Immortal Wind LP (9/10)
Now on their 5th full length release, Japanese four-piece `Mono' have steadily developed and defined their exciting but raw post-rock dissonance into a sublimely composed... Read more
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