PILGRIMAGE OF THE SOUL
Sweeping, emotionally devastating and batteringly beautiful, this is in high contention for greatest post-rock record of 2021.
MONO is a band who puts serious value in nuance, and their 11th studio album offers significant rewards for the wait. Pilgrimage of the Soul is the 11th studio album in the 22-year career of Japanese experimental rock legends, MONO. Recorded and mixed – cautiously, anxiously, yet optimistically – during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the summer of 2020, Pilgrimage of the Soul is aptly named as it not only represents the peaks and valleys where MONO are now as they enter their third decade, but also charts their long, steady journey to this time and place. Continuing the subtle but profound creative progression in the MONO canon that began with Nowhere Now Here (2019), Pilgrimage of the Soul is the most dynamic MONO album to date (and that’s saying a lot). But where MONO’s foundation was built on the well-established interplay of whisper quiet and devastatingly loud, Pilgrimage of the Soul crafts its magic with mesmerizing new electronic instrumentation and textures, and – perhaps most notably – faster tempos that are clearly influenced by disco and techno. It all galvanizes as the most unexpected MONO album to date – replete with surprises and as awash in splendour as anything this band has ever done.
- Imperfect Things
- Heaven in a Wild Flower
- To See a World
- The Auguries
- Hold Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand
- And Eternity in an Hour