Between ambient and post-rock, this album has a powerfull melancholy and a beautifull sadness. The genius of World's End Girlfriend meets the brilliants build up of MONO. Haunting... a must-have !!
Favorite track: Trailer 3.
Just before recording their epic disasterpiece You Are There, MONO began collaborating with fellow Tokyo native and modern electronic composer world’s end girlfriend. The result is a five-part sojourn of neoclassical grace and luminescence that defies lazy categorization. As dark as the bottom of the ocean, and nearly as otherworldly, Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain finds MONO inhabiting an illuminated world previously only hinted at in their most orchestral compositions. Recorded in multiple studios in Japan last year, Palmless Prayer joins MONO’s increasing obsession with classical music with world’s end girlfriend’s mastery of subtle dynamic shifts. Forgoing their tendency to erupt into hellish bursts of speaker-destroying noise, MONO instead exhibits remarkable restraint, stretching song lengths past the 15-minute mark and turning barely-there crescendoes into earth-shaking events. Less an epiphany and more a reminder of the beauty that already exists all around us, Palmless Prayer is a miniature panoramic view of the sea on an eerily still day, the current swaying at an impossibly lazy pace and the sound of a thousand tiny waves crashing all at once.
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these sounds of ceaseless renewal: as landscapes flitter by in grey blurs, as distant lights dance in your eyelids, a warm feeling deep in your chest radiating outward. i never want to leave the places these songs so effortlessly and delicately conjure. played them more times than i count, perhaps even more than the other LPs. i love this album so so so much. Matthew Bryan Nichols