20 Year Anniversary Commemorative Live Album

Beyond the Past
Live in London with the Platinum Anniversary Orchestra

Out Mar 19, 2021
on 3xLP & 2xCD w/ 40-Page Photo Book + Digital
Temporary Residence Ltd. Pelagic Records New Noise

MONO 20 Year Anniversary 2019 Commemoration

New Live Double Album
Coming Soon on March 19, 2019

Nowhere, Now Here (Live with the Platinum Anniversary Orchestra) [Official Video]
Created & Edited by Ogino Design • Filmed by Honeycomb Films


For two decades, MONO have defined and refined a kind of orchestral rock that is as emotional as it is experimental. Their 10 studio albums over those 20 years have established MONO as what Pitchfork described as “one of the most distinctive bands of the 21st Century.” Meanwhile, their live concerts are typically more subdued in instrumentation – and more supercharged in volume and voltage. Rarely is there the opportunity to combine those two experiences. In their 20-year history as a band, MONO have presented no more than a half-dozen live concerts featuring the support of an orchestra. Such events are not only unusual – they are also unforgettable.



"Beyond the Past • Live in London with the Platinum Anniversary Orchestra" documents MONO's extraordinary performance from the Beyond the Past event that celebrated the band’s 20th anniversary, which took place at the historic Barbican Centre in London, England on December 14, 2019. For that once-in-a-lifetime event, MONO selected a memorable lineup of old and new friends, including fellow Japanese underground icons, Boris and Envy, as well as French post-metal legends, Alcest, and UK collaborators A.A. Williams and Jo Quail. The event culminated with MONO performing with The Platinum Anniversary Orchestra, featuring National Youth String Orchestra to a rapt, sold-out audience of 2,000.


Playing through a two-hour set that touches on the band’s entire history, the sheer euphoria and dynamic resonance that engulfed the massive crowd was captured in brilliant detail by MONO’s live sound engineer, Matt Cook. Meticulously mastered by Bob Weston and presented here in its entire two-hour glory, Beyond the Past is one of the most essential MONO recordings. Packaged in a triple gatefold with accompanying 40-page photo book, this is the rare document of an event that is an event in and of itself.

20年の間、MONOは、エクスペリメンタルであると同時にエモーショナルな一種のオーケストラル・ロックを定義し、洗練してきた。この間にリリースされた10枚のスタジオ・アルバムは、 Pitchforkが言う「21世紀の最も特徴的なバンドの1つ」、としてのMONOを確立させた。一方、彼らのライヴ・コンサートは通常、インストゥルメンテーションはより控えめであり、音量と電圧がより過給されている。これら2つの経験を組み合わせる機会はめったになかった。事実、バンドとしての20年の歴史の中で、MONOがオーケストラをフィーチャーしたライヴ・コンサートは半ダースもない。そして、このようなイヴェントは珍しいだけでなく、忘れられないものでもあった。

『Beyond the Past • Live in London with the Platinum Anniversary Orchestra』はBeyond The Pastと題されたイヴェントでのMONOの卓越したパフォーマンスを記録した作品だ。このイヴェントは2019年12月14日にイギリスはロンドンにある歴史的なバービカン・ホールで開催され、バンドの20周年を祝したものであった。2日間に渡るこのスペシャルイヴェントの為、バンドは新旧の友人達で構成された記憶に残るラインナップを選択。その中には日本のアンダーグラウンドのアイコンであるBorisenvy、フランスのポスト・メタルのレジェンド、Alcest、イギリスでのコラボレーター、A.A. WilliamsJo Quailが含まれていた。

イヴェントは、MONOがフル・オーケストラで 2,000人の満員の観客を魅了することで最高潮に達した。バンドは自らのヒストリーの全体に触れる2時間のセットを実行。大勢の観客を巻き込んだ純粋な陶酔感とダイナミックな共鳴は、MONOのライヴ・サウンド・エンジニア、Matt Cookにより見事に克明にとらえられた。Bob Westonにより細密にマスタリングされた2時間の栄光の記録『Beyond the Past』は最も重要なMONOの作品の一つとなった。カメラマンTeppeiによる40ページのフォト・ブックが付属したトリプル・ゲートフォールドでパッケージ化されたこの作品は、それ自体が事件でありイベントのレアなドキュメントである。


Beyond the Past
Live in London with the Platinum Anniversary Orchestra

Release:
March 19, 2021
Labels:
Temporary Residence Ltd. (North America)
Pelagic Records (Europe)
New Noise (China)
Formats:
LP, CD & Digital
Tracks:
  1. God Bless
  2. After You Comes the Flood
  3. Breathe
  4. Nowhere, Now Here Music Video / Stream
  5. Death in Rebirth
  6. Dream Odyssey
  7. Sorrow
  8. Meet Us Where the Night Ends Stream
  9. Halcyon (Beautiful Days)
  10. Ashes in the Snow
  11. Exit in Darkness
  12. Com(?)
Featuring:
National Youth String Orchestra:
Conductor: Damian Iorio
Violins: Charlotte Howdle, Quinn Liang, Matthew Lloyd Wilson, Stephen Nurse, Simon Purdy, Aishwarya Saravanan
Cellos: Adam Cubitt, Elisabeth Elliott, Aris Sebati, Rowena Taylor

Special Guests:
Jo Quail - Cello on "Halcyon (Beautiful Days)", "Exit In Darkness" & "Com(?)"
A.A. Williams - Vocals & Piano on "Exit In Darkness" & Cello on "Com(?)"
Crew:
Seiya Ogino - Artist Manager
Tomáš Mládek - Tour Manager
Matt Cook - Front of House Engineer
Jennifer von Känel - Lighting Designer
Credit:
Recording & Mixing: Matt Cook
Mastering: Bob Weston of Chicago Mastering Service
Photography: Teppei Kishida
Art Direction, Design & Layout: Jeremy deVine

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Deluxe 3xLP & 2xCD
w/ 40-Page Photo Book + Digital

Due to COVID, all vinyl shipment will be delayed. Please check the respective label’s website for an accurate shipment information. Thank you for your understanding.

Crystal Vellum w/ Metallic Silver Streaks 3xLP & Photo Book (North American Edition)
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Cold Ashes 3xLP & Photo Book (European Edition)
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Warm Snow 3xLP & Photo Book (European Edition)
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Opaque Grey w/ Black & White Splatter 3xLP & Photo Book (Chinese Edition)
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3xLP & Photo Book + "Crusade" 20th Anniversary T-Shirt Bundle (Europe Exclusive)

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Bandcamp Exclusive Two-Song Single

Scarlet Holliday

On December 25, 2020, as a special Christmas gift, a two-song single "Scarlet Holliday", was released exclusively via MONO's Bandcamp, wishing everyone good health, happiness and good cheer in the new year. These songs were written with the idea of new hope for the new year since 2020 has become unforeseeably dark for many in the world.

Download "Scarlet Holliday" exclusively via Bandcamp