Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined

Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined

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Tokyo's Mono have matured in a most compelling way. They began shamelessly wearing their influences on their collective sleeve, pushing a heavy brand of distorted guitar scree into the stratosphere of sheer punishing noise. On Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined, the band's third full-length on the brilliant…  See more details below

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Tokyo's Mono have matured in a most compelling way. They began shamelessly wearing their influences on their collective sleeve, pushing a heavy brand of distorted guitar scree into the stratosphere of sheer punishing noise. On Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined, the band's third full-length on the brilliant Temporary Residence Limited label, they've transformed themselves into something utterly new. Recorded in Chicago by Steve Albini, this is Mono's most adventurous and unclassifiable recording yet. These eight pieces, ranging from two and a half minutes to over 15 in length, are deeply arranged and textured works that offer stark, nearly ambient textures and frames that evolve into utterly thunderous and ecstatic guitar freakouts where melody, harmony, and space all commingle, collide, and kiss. Nowhere is this more evident than on the opener, "16.12," or the labyrinthine "Lost Snow." Alison Chesley's cello presents itself as an anchor, playing an elegiac yet elegant theme in "Mere Your Pathetique Light," as feedback and six-string dissonance wind around it and create a dynamic that never overpowers the phrase yet incorporates its poetry into a taut whole. By far the most engaging album yet from Mono, Walking Cloud proves that the band is an entity unto itself.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
Label:
Temporary Residence
UPC:
0656605306827
catalogNumber:
68
Rank:
69179

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mono   Primary Artist
Susan Voelz   Violin
Alison Chesley   Cello
Susan Velz   Violin
Yoda   Guitar
Vannia Phillips   Viola
Yasunori Takada   Drums,Group Member
Takaakira "Taka" Goto   Guitar,Group Member
John Sagos   Viola
John Sagos   Viola
Tamaki   Bass Guitar
Inger Peterson Carle   Violin

Technical Credits

Steve Albini   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Seiji   Engineer
Udai Shika   String Arrangements
Mono   Composer
Esteban Rey   Artwork
Takaakira "Taka" Goto   String Arrangements,Visual Concept

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Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ever_green More than 1 year ago
This album is ethereal and beautiful, atmospheric and ambient yet loud and crashing. It's an amazing album.