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'Are you There',
This review is from: You Are There (Audio CD)
`Are You There' is the monumentally epic 4th album from Mono, perhaps one of the must sonically stunning groups ever. Hailing from Japan, Mono don't really make music they lovingly craft huge picturesque `collages' of sound. From the most delicately dream-like notes to gigantic walls of noise then mould them into a sound that is so sublime and full of emotion and passion that you can't help but just sit and let it wash over you. It soaks you to the bone, keeping you held firm by its hypnotic charm. With an amazing evolution in sound and delivery, `Are You There' supersedes its predecessors `Walking cloud and deep red sky, Flag fluttered and the sun shined' by taking their bewitching sonic sculptures conjured up on it and pushing their emotive qualities and rare unequivocal power and force it contained to new heights.
Using only guitars and drums the sound this quartet produce is unmatched, as they grow from the most delicate to the most ferocious and back again effortlessly. With an almost organic nature the tracks evolve with each listen forming new sculptures of sound and imagery, they captivate the mind and senses of the listener. Like a field of butterflies in flight, delicate and beautiful, yet complex and awe inspiring as a collective, Mono's recordings transcends and redefines the very essence of how music should sound by adding this rare, yet delicately exquisite passion and allure that keeps you spell-bound throughout the entirety of the album.
Its difficult to actually put into words the juxtaposition of beauty and power that `You Are There' creates as the shear depth and drive it contains really need to be experienced to get the just of exactly what Mono are capable of. Likewise comparisons to the likes of Neurosis, Godspeed you Black Emperor and Explosions in the Sky are kind of useless, as although they're a point in the right direction, Mono's music is un-comparative and offers up so mush more than these or any other artists out there.
This may sound like a broad statement to make but after you've experienced the majestic beauty, sonically descriptive seductiveness and apocalyptic splendour of `You Are There' you won't be able to forget it.
Once again with a seemingly effortless approach, Mono have produced an album that shatters genres and set the band so far ahead of their contemporaries they seem untouchable. `You Are There' is shear brilliance and nothing less and is without doubt one of only a hand full of records that you HAVE to experience.