MONO once again explores the quietest and most chaotic parts of life in their 10th studio album, Nowhere Now Here. The album releases January 25, 2019 in celebration of the band’s 20th year of making music. Along with the announcement of the album’s title, MONO launched a completely revamped version of their website. It highlights the mesmerizing cover of the new album and includes lots of new information about the band. Tag: MONO Nowhere Now Here
This album cover is mesmerizing…
NOWHERE: a dark city landscape on all four sides, most of it just a blur like the distant memories of your past.
NOW HERE: in the center, in the present time, there is light, hope, beauty and perfection.
That's my interpretation. pic.twitter.com/wIbcML9DKm
— MONO fans (@MONOfans) September 25, 2018
The Calm Before the Storm
2018 was an unusual year of transition for MONO. Following the abrupt departure of drummer Yasunori Takada in December, the remaining MONO trio had to spend the first few months of the year finding a new drummer and then getting to know him. Dahm Majuri Cipolla, an American, was officially announced as MONO’s new drummer on September 7th.
Before that announcement, however, MONO recorded their new album with Cipolla. They also played a handful of important shows with him. But MONO’s performances were kept to a minimum during the first 9 months of the year. The one and only show they were scheduled to perform in North America was cancelled.
But it was clear to fans of the band that MONO was quietly preparing for another frenzy of activity. This October, they’re scheduled for 22 shows in 23 nights all over Europe. They will likely soon announce another tour for the end of 2018. And then in 2019, following the release of Nowhere Now Here, they’re expected to tour all over the world again.
MONO Nowhere Now Here
Temporary Residence Ltd. will make the new album available in a variety of vinyl formats, in addition to the usual CD and digital options. It includes 10 tracks, which is considerably more tracks than most MONO albums. Here’s the list of tracks.
- God Bless
- After You Comes the Flood
- Nowhere, Now Here
- Far and Further
- Meet Us Where the Night Ends
- Funeral Song
- Vanishing, Vanishing Maybe
The third track, Breathe, features vocals by bassist Tamaki Kunishi. I haven’t heard it yet, so it’s unclear whether she simply speaks during that track or is actually singing. In either case, it’s going to be the first time we ever hear the voice of a MONO member during one of their songs.
I’m especially curious about Vanishing, Vanishing Maybe, the last track. MONO has seemingly gone out of their way to conclude their last several albums with the best track of that album. Hopefully Vanishing is another long, unfolding experience like A Quiet Place (Together We Go) and The Last Dawn.
After You Comes the Flood is already available for streaming on Spotify and YouTube. It’s the title track of a new short film by Julian Levy. Here is MONO playing another one of the new tracks from their new album at Robert Smith Meltdown Festival in London (6/22/18):
I’ll be adding more notes, details and clips of MONO’s new album right here in this post, so check back here for updates.