MONO are masters of making music that is heartbreaking and so emotionally raw and yet still feels hopeful and uplifting. Like whatever you are going through, there is some slither that things will be OK. Both tracks here are wonderful and need to be sat with and to get lost in. Whatever you are going through, keep fighting, it will get better.
On December 25, 2020, as a special Christmas gift, a two-song single "Scarlet Holliday", featuring "First Winter", was released exclusively via MONO's Bandcamp, wishing everyone good health, happiness and good cheer in the new year. These songs were written with the idea of new hope for the new year since 2020 has become unforeseeably dark for many in the world.
released December 25, 2020
Written by Takaakira 'Taka' Goto
Recorded by Takaakira 'Taka' Goto at Studio Forty-4
Drums Recorded & Mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio
Mixed & Mastered by Takaakira 'Taka' Goto & Jeremy deVine
Artwork by Seiya Ogino (Ogino Design)
supported by 141 fans who also own “Scarlet Holliday”
Mogwai, best band ever, known them since young team times and impressed with every album so far.
Seen them 3(?) times live in 3 different countries and missed them in pukkelpop in 1998. This set gives me the chills and reminds me of the gig at the Sse hydro in Glasgow. Don’t believe the Fife, Helicon 1 , Rano pano and Every country’s sun are my favourites. Mogwai gave a new meaning to loud, this goes through your spine and makes you smile (with pain later). jsheaven