Mono – For My Parents

The post-rock genre is a very diluted and oversaturated genre, but Mono is one band grouped in that genre that is worth a listen. Mono has their distinct style, and for comparison think of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s more orchestral elements. This Japanese band plays a very symphonic and cinematic style of instrumental post-rock. For My Parent’s is Mono’s sixth album. Every song feels like you are on some majestic journey across the ocean or soaring through the clouds. The songs build slowly and progressively intensify until its reaches their climax and ebbs away. Then the next song follows the same pattern. That is probably the biggest criticism I would have about the album, For My Parents. The same can be said about the previous album, Hymn to the Immortal Wind. Both albums are of similar quality, so if you liked one, you should like the other. My favorite song is Unseen Harbor, but all of the songs on this album sound similar. That may not sound appealing, but Mono has made a solid album with For My Parents. This type of music is ideal to have in the background or to simply relax and contemplate life.

Genre: Post Rock
Country: Japan
Label: Temporary Residence Limited
Release: September 4, 2012

1. Legend
2. Nostalgia
3. Dream Odyssey
4. Unseen Harbor
5. A Quiet Place (Together We Go)

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