The Japanese post-rock titans Mono have announced that they will be releasing two new albums this year, The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness. Both albums will feature contrasting styles (The Last Dawn is reported to be “lighter” and Rays of Darkness “heavier”) and will both be released on October 24th (Europe), 27th (U.K.), 28th (North America) and November 5th (Japan). The band commented on the upcoming releases:
“When we started in 1999, we set out with a simple mission: from bliss to bludgeon, no matter how long or winding the path may be. After ‘For my parents’, we had finally reached the logical conclusion of that era, it was time to remember where we started and re-think where we were heading!
Less strings? Louder? Quieter? Lighter? Darker? Yes. “The Last Dawn” and “Rays of Darkness” are a pair of new albums. Recorded simultaneously yet conceptually, and creatively disparate, the two act as both opposing and complementary sides to a story. No strangers to narratives, the twin albums explore familiar themes: hope and hopelessness, love and loss, immense joy and unspeakable pain. Those elemental parts of life, and the complicated relationships that we create have, never been more resonant through our music.”
The band have also shared the track “Where We Begin” from The Last Dawn and can be streamed after the break. The band will also be embarking on Asian and European tours in support of the releases. Those dates can be found below along with album pre-order information and artwork and track listings.