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RIYL: Explosions in the sky, Sigur rós, Ennio Morricone, Godspeed you! black Emperor. For my parents is the new album by MONO, the Japanese quartet who over the course of half a dozen albums in twice as many years has followed their own muse, and in the process have become "one of the most distinctive bands of the 21st century." They are an instrumental rock band whose melodies have grown increasingly lyrical, with increasingly transcendent execution. Following the release of their previous album, the highly regarded Hymn To The Immortal Wind, MONO staged a series of sold-out concerts in New York City, Tokyo, London, and Melbourne, all backed by a massive chamber orchestra. Preparing for these unique performances afforded them not only the opportunity to retrofit their back catalog, but also the inspiration to embrace their organic evolution as a preeminent neoclassical noise juggernaut. There is no doubting a MONO song when you hear it, and no denying their uncanny ability to feel perfectly at home in both pristine symphony halls and dirty rock clubs. In the way that only MONO can, For My Parents obliterates that divide, showcasing a sensitivity and maturity that simultaneously acknowledges where they came from, and where they're going. For My Parents is the first MONO album to not feature Steve Albini behind the console since 2003's Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky. The band chose to work with legendary New York producer Henry Hirsch, recording in a converted cathedral overlooking the Hudson River, and mixing with longtime friend Fred Weaver in rural Pennsylvania. Coming more than three years after Hymn To The Immortal Wind, For My Parents represents the longest span of time MONO has ever allowed between albums. As a result, the songwriting is sharper, the dynamics are subtler, and the production is stunning. For the recording, the band once again enlisted The Wordless Music Orchestra for support, and the collaboration has never sounded stronger. The unique combination of soul-stirring melodies, cinematic East-meets-West arrangements, and firm command of elusive emotional intangibles is what makes MONO so...well, so MONO.
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Much of Mono is rather similar, like Status Quo, Queen, Rap Music Today, the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band etc and you like it or you don't. Honestly, this is not the first amongst equals. This is a fine record, but it's not exactly breaking new ground. If you are looking to start with this excellent band, then try 'Under the Pipal Tree', 'You Are There' or the very wonderful (and different- you won't like this unless you like the sort of music where the same chord is played for twenty minutes. Five times.) Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain'.
But, as per the rating system 'I like it'.
Their progress with each release has been an outstanding one and witnessed a very successful sequence of albums. Their ever-evolving sound has never left these ears without delivering an amazing listening experience.
My favourite Mono album has always been "One More Step and You Die" for its darker and heavier characteristic. However, their previous album set the bar so high in an absolutely beautiful and majestic way.
"For My Parents" is equally beautiful, albeit less grandiose. This album progresses through small but gentle steps. It's ethereal. It's elagant. The melodies take you to heavenly skies.
In a way, this album is quite possibly the most personal Mono album to date.
As usual, listening to a Mono album is an experience.
It does not only shaped by the music but your state of mind while listening to it establishes the foundations of your experience.
In this regards, this album is very rewarding.
It's not an album you are going to listen to everyday.
But it is THE album you will choose to listen to experience your deeper feelings on your own.
Therefore, "For My Parents" will always remain as one of the most beloved and beautifully crafted album in their catalog.
The album doesn't stray from their previous attempts too far...I would say there is a difference in the definition of the instruments compared to the previous album.
If you already like Mono then this shouldn't dissapoint. If you are looking for a huge shift or change in sound, then go buy another CD from another band because that isn't what this is about.
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