Mono, Japan’s leading post-rock instrumental group, are back with a new album, Hymn to the Immortal Wind. We recently sat down with them for a short interview.
130BPM: Are there any plans to reissue Under The Pipal Tree?
Mono: No. Tzadik has been selling it now and we have not made any plans to reissue it.
130BPM: Do you think using Steve Albini shaped your sound in any way?
Mono: We have been working with him for 5 years and we are always really happy and satisfied by his analog sound. It is really emotional, real, natural, and intense – the closest thing to what we want to do when we play live. This is the kind of sound that we want our recordings to have – and Steve has been the one to materialize this sound for our records. He understands our vision and that is why we work so well together.
130BPM: Are you guys Big Black fans?
Mono: Yes, we love all of his work.
130BPM: Were any songs left off Hymn to the Immortal Wind?
Mono: No. We left a few pieces and ideas out but we only wrote 7 songs for this album. Each song was written like a chapter of a story so we were pretty aware of how many and what kind of songs we would need.
130BPM: Was everything recorded together? Many overdubs?
Mono: The four of us recorded everything together as if we were live. Then we recorded the orchestra shortly after.