The conflict and correlation between dark and light is a universal theme with a historically rich history. Musically, perhaps no band in the 21st Century has mined that relationship more consistently or effectively than Japan’s MONO.
Across 10 albums in 20 years, MONO have convincingly reflected the quietest and most chaotic parts of life through their music. Their ever-expanding instrumental palette – which began in earnest in 1999 with the traditional guitar-bass-drums rock band setup – has evolved to include as many as 30 orchestral instruments. Now, on Nowhere Now Here, the band add electronics to their repertoire – perhaps inspired by guitarist/composer Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto’s recent collaboration with John McEntire, the beguiling Behind the Shadow Drops. Nowhere Now Here also sees MONO’s first-ever lineup change, adding new drummer Dahm Majuri Cipolla (The Phantom Family Halo) to the core trio of Goto, Tamaki, and Yoda. Tamaki also makes her vocal debut here, singing into the shadows of vintage Nico on the poetically hazy “Breathe”.
The unlikely career of MONO has taken them to virtually every corner of the planet, several times over. Those corners have all left indelible marks on their music, as it drills deeper towards the sound of feeling not quite human and all too human – often at the same time.
新しくエレクトロサウンドをレパートリーに追加した新作「Nowhere Now Here」
それはギタリスト/作曲 Takaakira ‘Taka’ Gotoが John McEntire (トータス、ザ・シー・アンド・ケイク ）とのコラボレーションからインスパイアされたという。
また、このアルバムはTaka、Tamaki、Yodaのコアメンバーに加え、新ドラマーとしてDahm Majuri Cipolla (The Phantom Family Halo) を迎え、Tamakiは“Breathe”でボーカルデビューを果たした作品となる。
/ Jeremy deVine (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
"MONO continue a strong tradition of releasing albums full of deep, introspective post-rock which pulls on your heart strings, whilst filling your ears with brilliant musicianship."
"Unlike contemporaries This Will Destroy You and Explosions in the Sky, Japan’s Mono approaches post-rock like a composer with the meticulous orchestration and overwhelming scope of Jóhann Jóhannsson and Max Richter."
"Nowhere Now Here is among the most musical of Mono's albums. That said, it remains inseparably bound to their trademark sonic exploration of multivalent textures, extreme dynamics, and sheer rock power in revealing transformational emotional and psychological states."
"It is a coming together of lightness and darkness that’s so intensely evocative that it feels almost enlightening."
"Nowhere Now Here’ is yet another expansive sonic adventure that stays true to the escapism we all crave from the ever groundbreaking genre of post-rock."
"In Nowhere Now Here, MONO have surpassed themselves immeasurably. This is a gorgeous, detailed album full of twists and turns and promises to be a true experience for anyone who wishes to give it a spin."
"MONO ventures outside their comfort zone whilst staying true to form."
"Mono has always been a special and essential act, and Nowhere Now Here is up there with the absolute best offerings in an already impressive catalog."
"Cascading into 2019 with their 10th opus, the band’s intricately rousing repertoire manifests itself as a distinctly metropolitan presence here, erupting from the neon underbelly of a towering city at night while simultaneously treading the line between life and whatever lies beyond."