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Mono You Are There

  • Words: Tony Ware
  • Label: Temporary Residence

On several previous albums, Japanese instrumental quartet Mono (not to be confused with the trip-hoppy London duo of the same name) laid to tape caustic howls straining against mercurial shimmers. 2003's Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined balanced nuanced bursts of resolute catharsis and pensive stretches. Now the group has recorded alkaline pleas for clemency that both froth and sob. The tape hiss captured by Steve Albini in the more contemplative passages conjures an intense intimacy, like the downy rustling of eyelids batting like butterfly wings in an auditorium, and You Are There lives up to the name. Like Isis and Neurosis, Mono captures a voluminous immediacy, an affirming, searing air.

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