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Mono's Hymn to the Immortal Wind hits HearJapan

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First off, take some time and grab the latest episode of Japanator Radio. This week's Artist Spotlight is on Mono. If you haven't heard their music, there's your chance.

OK, now that you understand how awe inspiring they are, you probably want to throw all you money and/or underclothes at them. I don't know about the latter, but for the former, look no further than HearJapan.com. Right now they are taking orders for Mono's brand new album Hymn to the Immortal Wind. Recorded with a huge orchestra and with Steve Albini at the helm, it's a fantastic piece of music. Also, it was leaked to teh Intertoobs already. On the one hand, we can now all bask in the glory of the album without having to wait to see it hit western shores. On the other hand, the band is getting fucked out of (a lot of?) their potential monies. HearJapan is offering fans around the world the chance to get the new album the very second it is released in Japan. It won't make it to their American label until the end of the month. Either way, the price is most definitely right.

Go buy the new Mono album.

Also, they are kicking off a huge world tour this month, with two shows in New York in May. Good news for everyone.

Check out a video after the jump, as well as all the gory details about the HearJapan release.

MONO - Hymn To The Immortal Wind

Yokohama, Japan - March 2, 2009 - HearJapan added an epic album to
their already impressive Japanese post rock category today. HearJapan
will be distributing the new album from the masters of post rock,
MONO. Their new full length album will go on sale in Japan on March
4th, 2009. The album will go on sale via mp3 downloads at HearJapan
the second the clock strokes midnight in Japan. The album doesn't go
on sale in America or Europe until the 24th. This gives fans outside
of Japan their first chance to buy this truly epic work and have
enough time to soak in the depth of material before the band launches
their European tour on March 20th.

After touring almost non-stop for five years, the band hibernated for
over a year to focus solely on writing Hymn. The result is their most
thoughtful and eclectic album to date. Written and arranged with a
hopeful, romantic narrative in mind, the songs string together like
chapters in an epic love story. The music is naturally majestic, with
MONO $B!G (Bs 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.

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 $B!G (Bs opening
cue can be heard during the hauntingly quiet opening moments.

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 $B!G (Bs strongest virtue.

MONO Homepage:
http://www.mono-jpn.com/
Hymn To The Immortal World (1418 yen):
http://www.hearjapan.com/store/album_info/Hymn_to_the_Immortal_Wind
HearJapan post rock selection:
http://www.hearjapan.com/store/genre?genre=14&sortby=1


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