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Walking Cloud & Deep Red Sky Flag Fluttered & Sun
Mono
Walking Cloud & Deep Red Sky Flag Fluttered & Sun
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, World Music, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock
 
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Tokyo?s Mono is a peculiar group. While most bands offer up their sincerest and most genuine recordings in their infancy and spend the rest of their careers trying desperately to rediscover their youthful energy, Mono's tr...  more »

     
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Tokyo?s Mono is a peculiar group. While most bands offer up their sincerest and most genuine recordings in their infancy and spend the rest of their careers trying desperately to rediscover their youthful energy, Mono's trajectory has been quite the opposite. This flourish of hopeful creativity was captured by Steve Albini in the form of the eight pieces that make up their third album Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered And The Sun Shined. More lush and orchestral than previous recordings, the album couples an overall slow-melting ambience with a thunderous drive that reaches far greater heights than the band?s earlier work.

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Beautiful music sadly mistaken for another band, yet brillia
T. Kraft | Not where you are | 03/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Obviously, there are 2 bands called Mono. This one is the one that creates brilliant pieces of music that could be best described as among the post-rock movement. You can hear a lot of Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai in these recordings, but Mono has imprinted it's own signature self into the music so that it explores other realms of music rather than dwell in the genre of its influences. The cello is a great aid to adding a serene flow to the already smooth, beautiful pieces of music.

So listen to "16.12", "Halcyon (Beautiful Days)", and "Lost Snow" and you won't be dissapointed. Serene, lush, instrumental rock that needs to be heard to be understood."
The soft - loud confusion
A. Gettler | therehere | 09/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"hello all.

i feel that 'walking cloud' is a very beautiful record, and deserves to be heard by many in its entirety. the sound-bites on amazon do not really do this record justice. a few seconds of 'halcyon' cannot truly tell the beauty of that song.

concerning what some other people have mentioned regarding this album, and some other records whose sound is akin to Mono's (explosions, godspeed, mogway, etc.), i have to say that to speak of the 'soft-loud-soft'ness of these records seems very superficial to me. yes, all these albums have their peaks & valleys if you will, but these seem to me to be intrinsic in the 'story-telling' of each record. to me it is very much like a baring of the soul, revealing all the good-bad, light-dark, the beautiful and the ugly.

in his 'decline of the west', oswald spengler wrote regarding classical music that the people of this time turned to instrumental music so that 'they might better express their relationship with God'. it seems that this is happening all over again with musicians who fall under the dubious umbrella of 'post-rock'. all seem to be trying to better express their relationship, perhaps not with god, but with themselves, no? personally, it does seem to me that their is something akin to religious ecstacy in some of these recordings, but this would be better left undiscussed, as i do not know any of these musicians personally.

this all being said, 'walking cloud' is a rather beautiful record, and i look forward to more releases from these very talented & beautiful people.

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Immerse yourself in this
Michael J. Thoresen | ann arbor, michigan USA | 05/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"listen to it straight through, all at once. remember what a music experience used to be. let them take you somewhere new. let it build. there is magic here. if you have an adventurous spirit or seek something new, soulful and slightly dangerous, then please give this a try. there is yet hope for guitar bands. but think of the creative explorations of 'godspeed you black emperor' rather than the lame redundancy of 'lynyrd skynyrd'."