Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Mono - Hymn To The Immortal Wind

Mono are back! With this, their fifth album right in time for their tenth anniversary. As every Mono album there is an abundance of noise to take in. A lot of layers to peel back revealing something new every time you listen. Recorded by Middle Boop hero Steve Albini onto analogue tape. Typical of Albini to give a band that are so immersed in effects such a raw sound.
This is needed to be played loud. You will know what I mean when the first track kicks in about 7 minutes in. Loud, aggressive but yet so intimate. The formula of the 5-6 minute ambient build up to the epic, all guns blazing finale's continue throughout the album, with the highlight, the 11 and a half minute 'Pure As Snow (Trails Of The Winter Storm).'It is some of their most intense, engaging music to date and even though most tracks clock in at over ten minutes I find myself listening to the whole lot every time I put it on.
Hymn To The Immortal Wind is a must have for any Mono or indeed 'Post Rock' fan.

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