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Mono (Japan)

Japanese experimental group Mono came together in 2000, choosing to forgo vocals and concentrate instead on atmospheric, classical-inspired rock music. The foursome, bassist Tamaki (the lone female in the group), drummer Yasunori Takada, and guitarists Takaakira "Taka" Goto and Yoda, released their first full-length record, Under the Pipal Tree, in 2001 on John Zorn's Tzadik label. In 2003, after switching to Arena Rock Recording Company, Mono issued One Step More and You Die, a remix version of which came out the following year as New York Soundtracks. That same year their fourth album, Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined, recorded in Chicago with producer Steve Albini, was released on Temporary Residence. Albini also performed the same duties on Mono's April 2006 record, You Are There, and in September the band issued Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain, a mix between classical and rock that also collaborated with World's End Girlfriend, among others. The fascination with classical arrangements, strings, and atmospheres became an integral part of the band's sound. In 2006 they recorded You Are There, which included cellos on one part of the album and a string section elsewhere while keeping the dynamic and tension-building sound that had become the band's trademark, where beauty and chaos are woven together until they're an inseparable whole. On 2009's Hymn to the Immortal Wind, the band played live with a 235-piece chamber orchestra that featured woodwinds, reeds, and strings -- and added a Hammond B-3 in spots to extend the orchestral dynamic. This culminated in 2010's Holy Ground: NYC Live, with Mono accompanied by the Wordless Music Orchestra, another large chamber ensemble featuring everything from harp and strings to winds and piano, playing the band's compositions. For 2012's For My Parents, the band employed a smaller chamber group, conducted by Jeff Milarsky, dubbed "The Holy Ground Orchestra," comprised of two violins, two cellos, viola, upright bass, timpani, and cymbals.

After a global tour and a break, Mono returned to the studio in 2013 and recorded two albums simultaneously as parts of a whole. The Last Dawn was lighter, briefer, and more melodic; once again, it placed the band in sonic juxtaposition with strings. The second part, Rays of Darkness, included no strings for the time since 2003. It was far blacker and heavier, and featured a guest vocal appearance by Tetsuya Fukagawa of Envy. Both albums were released by Temporary Residence in October of 2014. ~ Marisa Brown and Thom Jurek, Rovi
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donnafay1189 6
Well then bobonnit find another song
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donnafay1189 6
Walking cloud Anne deep red sky the flag fluttered and the sun shined
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It's just mindless noise and boring
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scaletech4
Their music evokes so much and varied emotion I imagine they must be drained after each performance!
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I can't love this band enough. I am so disappointed I missed them in Louisville earlier this year.
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Amazing musicians
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First I get Rammstein then this . Must be WWll channel . Both awesome we're lucky we won.
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rdracer575
Mono is like listening to an epic book!!
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cavaliercada v e r
Not once have I ever listened to Halcyon and NOT gotten chills. What an unbelievably oceanic climax of power. All the rage...all the energy...and that final chord strike to end it. There's nothing like it.
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Its like a music box tune thats easy to remember forever.
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mitchellgols t o n
They are on my m83 station
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mitchellgols t o n
Just started listening to this genere of music mono rocks
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wish they would hurry up and put WEG on here already
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Very nice
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Seen them live was such an amazing experience. I hope I have the chance to see them live, again. I love their music.
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So excited to see them on Pandora!
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i have had the most amazing experiences while listening to this music in fact the last song on the hymn to the immortal wind album everlasting light is one of my favorites. i fell in love listening to that song, its only been a month or so since then but every time i hear that song i remember each second of it what i was doing who i was with all the contradictin g stimuli and all my senses finally coming together to experience something real and beautiful. i encourage every to feel this way have
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Too much Sushi on this page...yuck
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Amazing live show.
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steven370
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Where is Hymn to the Immortal Wind?
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its deply touching in a weard sorta way.
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Awesome, if you like Post, check out "World's End Girlfriend" too. Imo, better than Mono.
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ihill61
I'm gonna kill myself if this song goes on much longer...
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I love it!!!! Thanks!!
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amadeus_anto n i n
i like this band because when i listen to it it reminds me that i want to create something with such intensity. it's beautiful.
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ccrj
Love!
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...or while drawing time traveling cg kids to dino-land
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I cut up a dancefloor rug, brush my teeth, eat breakfast and write papers all at the same time as I listen to Mono.
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I bet Yoda uses alot of Jedi force tricks playing the guitar with those little green hands.
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asylumbabe
Best music to write to.
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Interesting. . . Will require more analisys to form a more complete opinion.
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I like to listen to this while I travel through time.

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bromide01
Yes. I listen to them while building desks also.
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Great music for any kind of desk work. Engaging, yet not distracting.
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fargin' amazing.
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bromide01
A lot of music sounds the same.
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Love it, great mood setting background music.
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Beautiful music..good music to mind travell to.

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