Japanese instrumental foursome Mono has been a favourite band of mine for years now. So I’m thrilled to share this with you, through Clash – a video for an edit of their track ‘Where We Begin’, which features footage from a forthcoming short film of the same name, directed by Mitsuyo Miyakaki.
Mono’s new double-album set ‘The Last Dawn’ / ‘Rays Of Darkness’ is out in the UK this week, and I’ve been swimming around in it for a few hours now. It’s another special release from a special band, one able to touch emotions that most post-rock outfits can only dream of.
The albums were recorded concurrently but are, according to their makers, worlds apart. Says guitarist Takaakira Goto: “There were black and white sides inside of me, like darkness and hope. I felt they could not exist on the same album.”
‘Where We Begin’ is drawn from the “light” side, ‘The Last Dawn’ – a more optimistic affair than the punishing dynamics of its darker counterpart. This video is part of a bigger project from Miyazaki, the finished film (more information) also featuring ‘Legend’, from Mono’s ‘For My Parents’ LP of 2012. Watch it below:
Mono play the following UK and Ireland dates, also calling at Brighton’s Drill Festival (details)…
6th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
7th – Stereo, Glasgow
8th – Whelans, Dublin
10th – Islington Assembly Hall, London
Photo: Mitsuyo Miyazaki