5 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mono’s last studio release, Hymn to the Immortal Wind, had the four-piece post-rockers collaborating with a 26-piece string orchestra. For their sixth studio album in roughly a decade, the Japanese group complements their own foundation (guitar, bass, piano, percussion, glockenspiels) with the slightly smaller Holy Ground Orchestra (strings, bass and percussion). For My Parents is a rich, enveloping work that weaves stealthy and subtle atmospherics with towering crescendos, sustained tension, and cinematic beauty, and is more a piece with modern classical music than “rock.” The stately tones of the strings, the graceful, coiling cello notes and earthshaking timpanis serve well to interpret the group’s emotional exploration of the “constant” of “child-parent love.” The songs are aptly named: “Legend” feels grand indeed, with a charged, sweeping and string-heavy finale built atop pounding timpanis, and “A Quiet Place” allows the mind to wander — for half its length — in just such a space. The acutely melancholy guitar melody of “Nostalgia” reaches right to the heart, just one of many such moments on this heartfelt work.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mono’s last studio release, Hymn to the Immortal Wind, had the four-piece post-rockers collaborating with a 26-piece string orchestra. For their sixth studio album in roughly a decade, the Japanese group complements their own foundation (guitar, bass, piano, percussion, glockenspiels) with the slightly smaller Holy Ground Orchestra (strings, bass and percussion). For My Parents is a rich, enveloping work that weaves stealthy and subtle atmospherics with towering crescendos, sustained tension, and cinematic beauty, and is more a piece with modern classical music than “rock.” The stately tones of the strings, the graceful, coiling cello notes and earthshaking timpanis serve well to interpret the group’s emotional exploration of the “constant” of “child-parent love.” The songs are aptly named: “Legend” feels grand indeed, with a charged, sweeping and string-heavy finale built atop pounding timpanis, and “A Quiet Place” allows the mind to wander — for half its length — in just such a space. The acutely melancholy guitar melody of “Nostalgia” reaches right to the heart, just one of many such moments on this heartfelt work.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

mrR003 ,

The second chapter to hymn to the immortal wind

These five songs are beautifully crafted,
mood evoking musical diamonds. They have that immortal wind quality, while they remain fresh and therapeutic as I have grown to expect from the magnificent artists of MONO. The album title is quite right, the music is so gorgeous I want to share it with my parents. Buy and don't regret. I'm so excited to see them in October!

Shanka246 ,

Amazing

These tracks move me to tears... Wow

jakethejake ,

so long

i've been waiting... it was worth it.

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