Genre : Post-rock, Experimental, Ambient
01. Ashes in the Snow (11:45)
02. Burial at Sea (10:38)
03. Silent Flight, Sleeping Dawn ( 6:00)
04. Pure as Snow (Trails of the Winter Storm) (11:25)
05. Follow the Map ( 3:55)
06. The Battle to Heaven (12:51)
07. Everlasting Light (10:23)
Hymn to the Immortal Wind is the fifth album by the Japanese post-rock band Mono, to be released March 24, 2009. The album was recorded and mixed in June and November 2008 at the Electrical Audio Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois, by Steve Albini. A music video for the fifth track, Follow the Map, has been released to promote the album.
Just in time for their 10-year anniversary, MONO return with their fifth studio album, the absolutely massive Hymn To The Immortal Wind. The music is naturally majestic, with MONO's trademark wall of noise crashing beautifully against the largest chamber orchestra the band has ever enlisted. The instrumentation is vast, incorporating strings, flutes, organ, piano, glockenspiel and tympani into their standard face-melting set-up.
While Hymn continues to mine the cinematic drama inherent in all of MONO's music, the dynamic shifts now come more from dark-to-light instead of quiet-to-loud. The maturity to balance these elements so masterfully has become MONO's strongest virtue - save for perhaps their uncanny ability to sound every bit like a plane crashing into a Beethoven concert.
Recorded to analog tape with long-time friend and producer Steve Albini, there is an intimacy captured here that is at once beautiful and a little terrifying. The creaking of old wooden chairs as the orchestra rocks in their seats (both literally and figuratively), puckered lips rolling along flutes, and even the conductor’s opening cue can be heard during the hauntingly quiet opening moments.
The album is a full return to all of the big sounds that we’ve come to know from Mono. These guys don’t mess around, it’s always a full delivery above and beyond the call of duty. Listen to the songs and decide for yourself.
[me]O Dear God... thx u for MONO !!!