Taka Goto (MONO) Introduces
Behind the Shadow Drops
H a r m o n i c out now on
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“This music really does get under the skin and the melodies last long after the tracks are finished. In particular ‘Ether’ has the rhythmic repetition that alludes to Max Richter or John Murphy’s works with the slow burning, atmospheric, cinematic, and orchestral feel.“ Louder Than War
Behind the Shadow Drops is the new solo endeavour from Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto, founding guitarist and composer of iconic Japanese experimental rock group, MONO. Established in 2016, Behind the Shadow Drops combines Goto’s disparate but commensurate interests in many different forms of music, most notably ambient, trip-hop, industrial minimalism, and modern classical.
Recorded at Goto’s home studio and mixed with esteemed producer and percussionist, John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, Yo La Tengo), H a r m o n i c merges Goto’s dynamic, moody compositions with McEntire’s renowned drum programming and percussive sensibilities.
What begins as a passing resemblance to the more melancholy work of Goto’s ensemble, MONO, slowly mutates into something otherworldly, submerging in a symphony of synths, drum machines, noise loops, and mournful strings (courtesy of Los Angeles experimental cellist, Helen Money). Resembling something like waves rippling in the ocean under a cloudy moonlit sky, H a r m o n i c is as eerie as it is beautiful – a vast abyss punctuated by seemingly endless glimmers of light.
Check out Taka Goto’s mix of songs which inspired Behind the Shadow Drops in Self-Titled magazine.
H a r m o n i c is out now on Temporary Residence.
Don’t miss Taka Goto on tour this Autumn – European dates below:
Oct 3 / Espace B / Paris, France
Oct 4 / Nest / Gent, Belgium
Oct 5 / Oefenbunker / Landgraaf, Netherlands
Oct 7 / Brudenell Social Club / Leeds, UK
Oct 8 / PRESS (PLAY) / Exeter, UK
Oct 9 / Gullivers / Manchester, UK
Oct 10 / Garage Attic / Glasgow, UK
Oct 11 / Birthdays / London, UK
Oct 12 / Monk / Rome, Italy
Oct 13 / Raindogs House / Savona, Italy
Oct 14 / Santeria Social Club / Milan, Italy
Oct 17 / British Rock Stars / Bratislava, Slovakia
Oct 18 / Durer Kert / Budapest, Hungary
Oct 20 / Shelter / Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Oct 21 / Fabrica / Bucharest, Romania