MONO & Pat Perry Vinyl + Fine Art Print Set
LIMITED EDITION SIGNED, NUMBERED FINE ART PRINT SET (INCLUDES VINYL COPIES OF BOTH NEW ALBUMS)
To celebrate MONO's collaboration with world-renowned artist Pat Perry, we have joined forces with fine art studio CloudWatchers to produce a very small, very special edition of "The Last Dawn & Rays of Darkness" fine art prints. CloudWatchers' eye-popping Giclée process uses 100% archival UltraChrome K3 inks on museum quality, acid-free, 100% cotton rag paper with a textured finish. Each print is signed and hand-numbered in an edition of 100 by Pat Perry. There are two prints in each set (one for each album), each print measuring 15x15" (381x381mm). The prints are protected in removable clear polysleeves, and are shipped in rigid, sturdy cardboard mailers with dual-protection cardboard inserts.
INCLUDES VINYL FORMAT OF BOTH NEW ALBUMS! LIMIT TWO (2) ART PRINT SET PER CUSTOMER!
The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness are a pair of new albums by MONO. 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 for the band: Hope and hopelessness, love and loss, immense joy and unspeakable pain. Those elemental parts of life and the complicated relationships they create have never been more resonant through MONO's music than they are here. The Last Dawn is the first of these two companion albums, and is the "lighter" of the two, thematically and melodically. It contains undoubtedly some of MONO's strongest songs ever, drawing on an array of influences from minimalist film score to vintage shoegaze. It is MONO at their absolute purest, executing an uncanny, unspoken dialogue with each other without the dozens of stringed instruments that have been so prominent throughout their catalog in recent years. The songs are also noticeably more efficient – there hasn't been a MONO full-length record that fit onto a single slab of vinyl since 2003's One Step More And You Die – and the album benefits immeasurably from this streamlined approach. MONO have always been masters of telling compelling stories without words. But now they've proven they can do it without frills, too. Rays of Darkness is the first MONO album in 15 years to feature no orchestral instruments whatsoever. That fact alone is remarkable given the band's reputation for sweeping, dramatic instrumentals that recall Oscar-worthy film scores. Instead, Rays of Darkness more closely resembles a jet engine taking off inside a small, crowded auditorium. It is MONO's blackest album ever, a collection of scorched riffs, doom rhythms, and an unexpected contribution from post-hardcore pioneer Tetsu Fukagawa of Envy. The album ends with the smoldering wreckage of distorted guitars and ominous drones playing out a eulogy to the days when MONO shot blinding rays of light through seemingly endless darkness.