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Japanese: MONO are a post-rock group from Tokyo, Japan. The songs, all of which are instrumental and are usually focused on layered guitar melodies. Strings and pianos are also prominently featured in some songs. MONO are known for their powerful live shows and their complex guitar work. Early years: 1999–2000 ~ In January 1999, Japanese guitarist Takaakira Goto began composing music and spent the year searching for musicians to form a new band; eventually recruiting longtime friend Yoda on rhythm guitar. By December 1999, Tamaki Kunishi and Yasunori had joined Mono on bass guitar and drum kit, respectively.

The band spent the next year touring around Japan, and also played one show at the Mercury Lounge in New York, United States. The band entered Rinky Dink Studios in Tokyo in May 2000 and recorded their first extended play, which was self-released in September of 2000; a Japan-only release titled Hey, You on their independent Forty-4 label.

Under the Pipal Tree: 2001 ~ Following the release of Hey, You Mono toured for the next year, performing throughout their native Japan, as well as playing several shows in New York and Sweden. The band also appeared at the 2001 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. Between touring in Japan, Mono recorded their first studio album, Under the Pipal Tree at Studio Take-1 and Forty-4 in Tokyo. The album was released worldwide on New York City record label Tzadik.

One Step More and You Die: 2002–2003 ~ After the release of Under the Pipal Tree, the band spent the next year touring Japan and the United States, also visiting Germany and Taiwan. In June 2002, between shows in Japan, the band recorded their second studio album, One Step More and You Die at Little Bach and Sound City studios in Tokyo. The album was released in Japan in October of that year on Japanese record label Musicmine. The band spent most of 2003 touring, returning to Japan, the United States, Sweden, and visiting Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, the Netherlands, France, and the United Kingdom for the first time.

Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined: 2004 ~ Mono’s next release was a colloboration with Japanese musician Aki Onda; whom the band met while touring New York in 2002. The band, Onda, and several notable members of the New York experimental music scene (including DJ Olive, Jackie-O Motherfucker, and Loren Connors) remixed One Step More and You Die. The album, titled New York Soundtracks, was released in February 2004 on Human Highway.

In January of 2004, the band recorded their third studio album with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Engineering in Chicago, Illinois. The album, titled Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined was released in April 2004 on Human Highway in Japan, and on Rykodisk in Europe and Temporary Residence Limited in the United States later in the year. After the album’s release, the band embarked upon a year-long tour of America, Asia, and Europe.

You Are There: 2005–2007 ~ The band also spent 2005 touring Asia, America, and Europe, returning to Electrical Audio Engineering in February and September to record their fourth studio album with Steve Albini. The album, titled You Are There was released in Japan in March 2006 on Human Highway, and on Temporary Residence Limited in the United States and Europe. Mono also colloborated with Japanese musician World’s End Girlfriend in 2005, releasing a colloboration stuio album in December of that year, on Human Highway, and with American band Pelican, releasing a split album with the band through Temporary Residence Limited in October 2005.

Mono spent 2006 and 2007 ~ Touring Asia, America and Europe in support of You Are There. In October of 2006, the band returned to Electrical Audio Engineering and recorded an extended play, which was released in April 2007 as part of Temporary Residence Limited’s Travels in Constants series, titled The Phoenix Tree. In November of 2006, the band released an extended play titled Memorie dal Futuro through Vinyl Films, and contributed a track to a Temporary Residence Limited compilation album, Thankful. In September 2007, the band released a compilation album, compiling material from all previous extended plays, split albums, and compilations, titled Gone: A Collection of EPs 2000–2007, as well as a DVD, documenting the worldwide tours of 2006 and 2007 and the recording of The Phoenix Tree extended play, titled The Sky Remains the Same as Ever.

Hymn to the Immortal Wind: 2008–present ~ In 2008, the band took a break, composing new music and playing a handful of shows throughout the year, including an appearance at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Somerset, England, curated by Explosions in the Sky in May. Mono returned to Electrical Audio Engineering in June and November 2008 to record their fifth studio album, Hymn to the Immortal Wind, which was released in March 2009, and followed by a tour of Asia, America, Europe and Eurasia.

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Band members ~ Takaakira Goto – lead guitar ~ Yoda – rhythm guitar ~ Tamaki Kunishi – bass guitar, piano, glockenspiel ~ Yasunori Takada – drum kit, synthesiser, glockenspiel

Discography ~ Under the Pipal Tree (2001) ~ One Step More and You Die (2003) ~ Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined (2004) ~ You Are There (2006) ~ Gone (2007) ~ Hymn to the Immortal Wind (2009)
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< < < < < [ EDIT NOTE: 2012 Title [ For My Parents ] Update ]. > > > > >

Japanese instrumental band Mono follow up on the 2009′s album [ Hymn to the Immortal Wind ] with a new studio album [ For My Parents ]. This will be out on September 4 through Temporary Residence LTD. “We hope that this album serves as a gift from child to parent”, the band writes in a press release. “While everything else continues to change, this love remains a constant throughout time.” For the recording of the album, Mono were joined by the Wordless Music Orchestra, who joined them for the live album Holy Ground in 2010.

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Artist – Mono
Album – For My Parents
Release Date – 2012
Genre – Instrumental, Experimental, Post-rock

Tracklist

01 – TBA
02 – TBA
03 – TBA
04 – TBA
05 – TBA
06 – TBA
07 – TBA
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MONO – For My Parents
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Artist – MONO
Album – Hey, You
Release Date – 2000
Genre – Experimental, Post-rock, Instrumental

Tracklist

1 Karelia 13:09
2 Finlandia 8:06
3 L’America 4:39
4 Black Woods 11:20
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MONO – Hey, You
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Artist – MONO
Album – Under the Pipal Tree
Release Date – 2001
Genre – Experimental, Post-rock, Instrumental

Tracklist

1 Karelia (Opus 2) 12:30
2 The Kidnapper Bell 10:00
3 Jackie Says 7:31
4 Op Beach 5:48
5 Holy 1:40
6 Error #9 12:33
7 L’America 4:37
8 Human Highway 9:05
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MONO – Under the Pipal Tree
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Artist – MONO
Album – One Step More and You Die
Release Date – 2002
Genre – Experimental, Post-rock, Instrumental

Tracklist

1 Where Am I 2:41
2 COM (?) 15:55
3 Sabbath 4:51
4 Mopish Morning, Halation Wiper 2:54
5 A Speeding Car 8:51
6 Loco Tracks 6:39
7 Halo 7:43
8 Giant Me on the Other Side 1:37
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MONO – One Step More and You Die
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Artist – MONO
Album – New York Soundtracks
Release Date – 2004
Genre – Experimental, Post-rock, Instrumental

Tracklist

1 Giant Me On The Other Side (Remix) [Loren Connors]
2 Where Am I (Shoutman Remix) [Calla]
3 Sabbath (Unholy Sabbath Remix) [Marina Rosenfeld]
4 Halo (One Note Dub Remix) [DJ Olive The Audio Janitor]
5 Loco Tracks (Cassette Remix) [Aki Onda]
6 Com(?) (Earth Remix) [Raz Mesinai]
7 Late City Final (Remix) [Jackie-O Motherfucker]
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MONO – New York Soundtracks
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Artist – MONO
Album – Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined
Release Date – 2004
Genre – Experimental, Post-rock, Instrumental

Tracklist

1 16.12 10:57
2 Mere Your Pathetique Light 6:36
3 Halcyon (Beautiful Days) 8:09
4 2 Candles, 1 Wish 2:47
5 Ode 7:06
6 Sky Remains the Same as Ever 2:27
7 Lost Snow 15:12
8 Thousand Paper Cranes 5:11
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MONO – Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined
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Artist – MONO
Album – You Are There
Release Date – 2006
Genre – Experimental, Post-rock, Instrumental

Tracklist

1 The Flames Beyond the Cold Mountain 13:29
2 A Heart Has Asked for the Pleasure 3:43
3 Yearning 15:38
4 Are You There? 10:25
5 The Remains of the Day 3:41
6 Moonlight 13:04
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MONO – You Are There
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Artist – MONO
Album – Memorie dal futuro
Release Date – 2006
Genre – Experimental, Post-rock, Instrumental

Tracklist

A Memorie dal Futuro 9:40
B Due foglie, una candela: il soffio del Vento 3:50
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MONO – Memorie dal futuro
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Artist – MONO
Album – The Phoenix Tree [Travels in Constants Volume Twenty-Two]
Release Date – 2007
Genre – Experimental, Post-rock, Instrumental

Tracklist

1 Gone 4:06
2 Black Rain 9:20
3 Rainbow 2:24
4 Little Boy (1945 – Future) 9:29
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MONO – The Phoenix Tree [Travels in Constants Volume Twenty-Two]
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Artist – MONO
Album – Gone
Release Date – 2007
Genre – Experimental, Post-rock, Instrumental

Tracklist

1 Finlandia 8:07
2 Black Woods 11:22
3 Yearning 15:37
4 Memorie dal Futuro 9:38
5 Due foglie,una candela : il soffio del Vento 3:47
6 Since I’ve Been Waiting for You 2:51
7 Gone 4:07
8 Black Rain 9:17
9 Rainbow 2:23
10 Little Boy (1945 – Future) 9:28
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MONO – Gone
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Artist – Mono / World’s End Girlfriend
Album – Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain
Release Date – 2005
Genre – Experimental, Post-rock, Instrumental

Tracklist

1 Trailer 1 12:15
2 Trailer 2 13:36
3 Trailer 3 17:03
4 Trailer 4 11:59
5 Trailer 5 19:13
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Mono / World’s End Girlfriend – Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain
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Artist – MONO
Album – Peel Session
Release Date – 2004
Genre – Experimental, Post-rock, Instrumental

Tracklist

01. 16.12
02. Since I’ve Been Waiting For You
03. Halcyon
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Mono – Peel Session
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Artist – MONO
Album – Session 02
Release Date – 2002
Genre – Experimental, Post-rock, Instrumental

Tracklist

01. A Speeding Car (Demo)
02. Spring Session M+M
03. The Kidnapper Bell (Demo)
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MONO – Session 02
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Artist – MONO
Album – Live Shibuya Club Quattro
Release Date – 2008
Genre – Experimental, Post-rock, Instrumental

Tracklist

MONO… Live Shibuya Club Quattro
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MONO – Live (Suibuya Club Quattro)
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Artist – Mono
Album – Live at Bottom of the Hill
Release Date – 2004
Genre – Instrumental, Experimental, Post-rock

Tracklist

1. 16.12
2. Sabbath
3. The Kidnapper Bell
4. Where Am I
5. Lost Snow
6. Halcyon (Beautiful Days)
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Mono – Live at Bottom of the Hill
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Artist – Mono
Album – Live at Emo’s
Release Date – 2006
Genre – Instrumental, Experimental, Post-rock

Tracklist

01 The Flames Beyond the Cold Mountain
02 A Heart Has Asked for the Pleasure
03 Lost Snow
04 Yearning
05 Moonlight
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Mono – Live at Emo’s
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Artist – Mono
Album – Live at First Unitarian Church
Release Date – 2006
Genre – Instrumental, Experimental, Post-rock

Tracklist

1. The Flames Beyond the Cold Mountain
2. A Heart Has Asked for the Pleasure
3. Lost Snow
4. Yearning
5. Moonlight
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Mono – Live at First Unitarian Church
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Artist – Mono
Album – Live at LoBot Gallery
Release Date – 2005
Genre – Instrumental, Experimental, Post-rock

Tracklist

1. 16.12
2. The Kidnapper Bell
3. Sabbath
4. Lost Snow
5. Halcyon (Beautiful Days)
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Mono – Live at LoBot Gallery
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Artist – Mono
Album – Live at Radio Radio
Release Date – 2005
Genre – Instrumental, Experimental, Post-rock

Tracklist

1. 16.12
2. The Kidnapper Bell
3. Sabbath
4. Lost Snow
5. Halcyon (Beautiful Days)
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Mono – Live at Radio Radio
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Artist – Mono
Album – Live At The Triple Rock
Release Date – 2006
Genre – Instrumental, Experimental, Post-rock

Tracklist

1 – intro
2 – The Flames Beyond the Cold Mountain
3 – A Heart Has Asked for the Pleasure
4 – Yearning
5 – Moonlight
6 – outro
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Mono – Live At The Triple Rock
PASSWORD – SirensSound.blogspot.com or TheSirensSound.com
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Artist – Left
Album – I Could Stand Alone Here
Year – ???
Genre – Ambient Post-rock

Tracklist

01 – Fear
02 – Tear
03 – Dear
04 – Hear
05 – Breeze
06 – Sear
07 – Rear
08 – Clouds
09 – Near
10 – Stand
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Left – I Could Stand Alone Here PASSWORD – SirensSound.blogspot.com or TheSirensSound.com
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DSCO is a collective effort of MONO frontman Takaakira “Taka” Goto and Tokyo-based guitarist Midoriyama. However this specific project is more along ambient/electro side rather than the usual post-rock MONO. (not so easy to digest).

Artist – DSCO
Album – Indian Winter
Year – ???
Genre – Ambient Electro
Download

Tracklist

01 – Liquid Morning
02 – My Watch Has Broken
03 – Soberness
04 – Dead Flower
05 – Oil Tower
06 – At The Park
07 – Roofs
08 – I Didn’t Know
09 – Silence Of Show Tent
10 – Flash
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DSCO – Indian Winter Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Mono
Album – Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Year – 2009
Genre – Instrumental, Experimental, Post-rock
Download

Tracklist

1 Ashes in the Snow
2 Burial at Sea
3 Silent Fight, Sleeping Dawn
4 Pure as Snow (Trails of the Winter Storm)
5 Follow the Map
6 The Battle to Heaven
7 Everlasting Light
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Mono – Hymn to the Immortal Wind Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Mono
Album – Holy Ground: NYC Live With the Wordless Music Orchestra
Release Date – 2010
Genre – Experimental, Post-rock, Instrumental

Tracklist

01 – Ashes in the Snow
02 – Burial at Sea
03 – Silent Fight, Sleeping Dawn
04 – Are You There
05 – 2 Candles 1 Wish
06 – Where Am I
07 – Pure As Snow
08 Halcyon (Beautiful Days)
09 Everlasting Night
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Mono – Holy Ground: NYC Live With the Wordless Music Orchestra
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