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Mono - Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered And The Sun Shined CD (album) cover




Post Rock/Math rock

3.89 | 39 ratings

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5 stars Leaving behind all the ProgArchives warnings I've decided to give it five stars. It simply deserves it.

First of all I don't very like the so called post-rock. The only band that appealed to me was actually Sigur Ros mainly because of the emotions and unusual use of instruments. Post-rock music being rather monotonus needs to transgres some limits in expressing emotions. If not, it simply gets boring.

Now comes the second matserpiece - MONO. And I do not hesitate to call it this way.

MONO uses traditinal "european" instrumetalisation, although you can find some japanese elements in their melodies. With the production they seem to go back to the seventies. The album doesn't sound very modern and spacy as they seem to concentrate on creating a small close room atmosphere.

And the music - well; quite montonous as usually post-rock is. But never before I have heard so emotional music. Emotional in pure sense - not artificialy made emotional by some "heartbreaking" vocal and lyrics.

It is a musical illustration to a history of a ill girl, who following the old japanese tale decides to make thousand paper cranes, so that her wish to be healthy again could be fullfilled. And you can really feel this dramatic fight in the music eg. when it suddenly bursts out in the third track (listen carefully - not to loud, this moment can really make you deaf:))

The best comparison that comes into my mind is that MONO's "Walking Cloud... is like Camel's Stationary Traveller (I mean just this track, not the whole work) streched to a full lenghts album by adding some japanese spice.

Enjoy!!! I'm looking forward to their newest album to appear in my country.

anuszka | 5/5 |


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