ALBUM REVIEW: MONO – OATH | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 14.06.24







OATH’s gentle orchestral opening, tempered with a brass section and delicate instrumentation, sets the scene for the band’s signature meditative meandering. Turbulent, crashing drumming and their wall-of-noise, choppy shoegaze-esque guitars disrupts the ambient melodies, like a thunderstorm cutting through an otherwise calm sea. 

Recorded with and mixed by the late great Steve Albini, the 12th full-length instrumental offering from Tokyo’s MONO is far from filler and is as carefully and as intently crafted as ever. This is a band retaining a clear focus who have just as much to offer now as they did 25 years ago. Over the 71-minute runtime it is beautifully arranged, emotionally delivered and a triumphant, rousing experience. 


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