I fell in love with this album back in 2009. The music, story and artwork are absolutely beautiful. It does pay to buy the physical album because all the good stuff is in there.
Favorite track: The Battle to Heaven.
Just in time for their 10-year anniversary, MONO return with their fifth studio album, the absolutely massive Hymn To The Immortal Wind. The music is naturally majestic, with MONO's trademark wall of noise crashing beautifully against the largest chamber orchestra the band has ever enlisted. The instrumentation is vast, incorporating strings, flutes, organ, piano, glockenspiel and tympani into their standard face-melting set-up. While Hymn continues to mine the cinematic drama inherent in all of MONO's music, the dynamic shifts now come more from dark-to-light instead of quiet-to-loud. The maturity to balance these elements so masterfully has become MONO's strongest virtue - save for perhaps their uncanny ability to sound every bit like a plane crashing into a Beethoven concert.
Dave Max Crawford, Paul Von Mertens - Conductor
Mark Anderson, Mellisa Bach, Alison Chesley, Wendy Cotton, Margaret Daly, Michael Duggan, Katherine Hughes, Jill Kaeding, Ellen O'Hayer, Richard Yeo - Cello
Eille Bakkum - Viola
Inger Petersen Carle, Carol Kalvonjian, Carmen Llop Kassinger, Jody Livo, Steve Winkler, Susan Voelz, Jeff Yang, Chie Yoshinaka - Violin
Andra Kulans - Violin, Viola
Vannia Phillips, John Sagos, Ben Wedge - Viola
Jennifer Clippert, Mary Stolper - Flute
Kent Kessler - Contrabass
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The album that began my post-rock addiction - I clicked because the art in the YouTube thumbnail was pretty. And here we are now, with Departure Songs still being the standard that others are judged against. Somber, crushing, soaring, ethereal, this album has all of the moods. thefaultyhammock