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Mono Unveils New Video For “Innocence”- New Album due 17th September

August 25, 2021



The new album “Pilgrimage of the Soul” is a portrayal of the last 20 years of our journey as MONO. With the song “Innocence”, we wanted to express the splendour of living purely. Living with a magnificent dream in your heart, like an endless land and sky, is the joy of life and the reason you were born. Don’t give up. Accept all the wounds and sadness, and continue chasing the dream. —Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto

Following the first film/single, “Riptide”, Japanese instrumental rock band MONO unveils “Innocence”, the second film/single from the band’s 11th album, Pilgrimage of the Soul. 

As with “Riptide”, the film for “Innocence” was directed by the Spanish film collective, Alison Group, watch below:

Mono are complete masters at providing such moving music that offers a detailed story. This new exploration reflects this immersive storyline into the accompanying film. Mono delivers this vast landscape built on intense passages and focusing on the captivating complexities that craft the structure of this ensemble. Mono continues to craft the most moving releases and Innocence is exactly that. The detailed and mighty soundscape keeps the audience hooked on the powerful highs and the calmer lows. Such an engaging and compelling exploration where the emotion oozes from the tones, the loops, and the flurry of compelling textures which submerge the flow.

Recorded and mixed – cautiously, anxiously, yet optimistically – during the height of the COVID- 19 pandemic in the summer of 2020, with one of the band’s longtime partners, Steve Albini, Pilgrimage of the Soul is aptly named as it not only represents the peaks and valleys where MONO are now as they enter their third decade, but also charts their long, steady journey to this time and place.

Continuing the subtle but profound creative progression in the MONO canon that began with Nowhere Now Here (2019), Pilgrimage of the Soul is the most dynamic MONO album to date (and that’s saying a lot). But where MONO’s foundation was built on the well-established interplay of whisper quiet and devastatingly loud, Pilgrimage of the Soul crafts its magic with mesmerising new electronic instrumentation and textures, and – perhaps most notably – faster tempos that are clearly influenced by disco and techno. It all galvanizes as the most unexpected MONO album to date – replete with surprises and as awash in splendor as anything this band has ever done.

MONO began in Japan at the end of the 20th Century as a young band equally inspired by the pioneers of moody experimental rock (My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai) and iconic Classical composers (Beethoven, Morricone) who came before them. They have evolved into one of the most inspiring and influential experimental rock bands in their own right. It is only fitting that their evolution has come at the glacial, methodical pace that their patient music demands. MONO is a band who puts serious value in nuance, and offers significant rewards for the wait.

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Takaakira “Taka” Goto (guitar), Tamaki (bass, piano), Yoda (guitar), Dahm (drums)

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