The Japanese band MONO has been making glacial, metallic, all-consuming post-rock for 15 years, and over that time, they’ve been getting grander and more orchestral with their music. Next month, though, they’ll pull a Use Your Illusion, releasing two albums on the same day, and both albums strip back their sound a bit. The Last Dawn is, at least according to a press release, the brighter of the two, wheras Rays Of Darkness is heavier and doomier. “Where We Begin,” a track from The Last Dawn, is a very pretty seven-minute exercise in slow-building shoegaze-influenced instrumental grandeur, and you can hear it below.
The Last Dawn and Rays Of Darkness are out 10/28 on Temporary Residence.