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The 11th Album

Pilgrimage of the Soul

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An Original Soundtrack

My Story, The Buraku Story

Out on May 27, 2022 (CD/Digital)
Out on Nov 11, 2022 (LP)

via Temporary Residence Ltd.

My Story, The Buraku Story" is a new feature-length documentary film that explores the discrimination against a group of people – commonly called “the burakumin” – who were classed into lowly groups and segregated from the rest of Japanese society. This discrimination is not by race or ethnicity, but rather by place of residence and bloodline, and has existed for centuries – albeit very rarely acknowledged or discussed in Japan. When director Yusaku Mitsuwaka imagined the exemplary score for such a culturally sensitive and significant subject, he idealized MONO to help tell this story through their legendarily cinematic music.

Following their recent experiments with electronic textures infused into their trademark dynamic rock compositions, "My Story, The Buraku Story" finds MONO at their most understated and elegiac. The songs that make up "My Story, The Buraku Story" are largely built around piano, strings, synths, and choral vocal loops. As one might expect from MONO, the arrangements are masterworks of understated execution with oversized emotional resonance. By far MONO’s most delicate album, it is a fitting document of the band’s first-ever full-length film soundtrack.

  1. Doumyaku
  2. Watashi
  3. Kokyo
  4. Yurameki
  5. Gohon no yubi
  6. Kioku
  7. Kattou
  8. Chinmoku
  9. Himitsu
  10. Songen
  11. The Place

Credit:
Produced by Takaakira 'Taka' Goto & Jeremy deVine
Mixed by Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto at Studio Forty-4
Mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service
Artwork, Design & Layout by Seiya Ogino of Ogino Design


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A Special Winter EP

Scarlet Holliday

Out Now on LP & Digital
via Temporary Residence Ltd. (US) & Pelagic Records (EU)

After COVID-19 first swept the world in 2020, MONO felt compelled to make a special little gift for the Christmas holiday. The accompanying message was simple: “Wishing everyone good health, happiness, and good cheer in the new year.” Originally made at home in isolation, this digital-only release consisted of two new MONO songs: “Scarlet Holliday” and “First Winter.”

Now, to commemorate the 2021 holiday season, MONO has reworked and expanded Scarlet Holliday into a very special 3-song EP (now including the brand new song, “Epilogue”). Recorded at home and at Electrical Audio by longtime collaborator, Steve Albini, newly mixed by John McEntire and mastered by Bob Weston, "Scarlet Holliday" is finally being released into the world on limited-edition 10” vinyl, as well as all digital formats.

In their unflappable determination to shine light into the darkness, MONO explains: “These songs were written with the idea of new hope for the new year since this time has become unforeseeably dark for many in the world.”

  1. Scarlet Holliday
  2. First Winter
  3. Epilogue

Credit:
Produced by Takaakira 'Taka' Goto & Jeremy deVine
Mixed by John McEntire at Soma Electronic Music Studios
Mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service
Artwork, Design & Layout by Seiya Ogino of Ogino Design


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The 11th Album

Pilgrimage of the Soul

Out Now on LP, CD & Digital
via Temporary Residence Ltd. (US), Pelagic Records (EU) & New Noise (CN)

"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.

  1. Riptide
  2. Imperfect Things
  3. Heaven in a Wild Flower
  4. To See a World
  5. Innocence
  6. The Auguries
  7. Hold Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand
  8. And Eternity in an Hour

Featuring:
Violin & Orchestration: Susan Voelz
Violin: Andra Kulans, Vannia Phillips & Emi Tanabe
Cello: Alison Chesley, Anna Steinhoff, Nora Barton & Kelsee Vandervall
Trumpet & Brass Co-Arrangement: Chad McCullough
French Horn: Liz Deitemyer
Trombone: Matthew Davis

Credit:
Produced by Takaakira 'Taka' Goto, Jeremy deVine & Steve Albini
Recorded & Mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio
Mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service
Artwork by Ahmed Emad Eldin
Art Direction, Design & Layout by Jeremy deVine
Music Films by Alison Group


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Pilgrimage of the Soul

World Tour

Aug 17, 2022
Congés Annulés 2022
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Aug 19, 2022
ArcTanGent 2022
Bristol, United Kingdom
Aug 21, 2022
Jakob
Oslo, Norway
Aug 22, 2022
Sodra Teatern
Stockholm, Sweden
Aug 23, 2022
Pumpehuset
Copenhagen, Denmark
Aug 24, 2022
Uebel & Gefahrlich
Hamburg, Germany
Aug 25, 2022
Columbia Theater
Berlin, Germany
Aug 26, 2022
Luxor
Cologne, Germany
Aug 27, 2022
Neushoorn
Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Aug 28, 2022
Zappa
Antwerp, Belgium
Aug 30, 2022
Ebullition
Bulle, Switzerland
Aug 31, 2022
Mascotte
Zurich, Switzerland
Sep 1, 2022
Trabendo
Paris, France
Sep 2, 2022
Rex
Toulouse, France
Sep 3, 2022
Apolo 2
Barcelona, Spain
Sep 4, 2022
Beat Club
Murcia, Spain
Sep 5, 2022
Sala Custom
Seville, Spain
Sep 6, 2022
Hard Club
Porto, Portugal
Sep 7, 2022
RCA Club
Lisbon, Portugal
Sep 8, 2022
Mon
Madrid, Spain
Sep 9, 2022
Atabal
Biarritz, France
Sep 11, 2022
Antonnoir
Besancon, France
Sep 12, 2022
Aeronef
Lille, France
Sep 13, 2022
Arts Centre
Colchester, United Kingdom
Sep 14, 2022
City Varieties
Leeds, United Kingdom
Sep 15, 2022
St. Lukes
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Sep 16, 2022
Electric Ballroom
London, United Kingdom
Nov 20, 2022
Maho Rasop Festival 2022
Bangkok, Thailand