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mono no aware - kitanai yatsu
posted on 22-Nov-2000 by anton
mono no aware seems to work closely with s.i.n.a. (who actually is part of mono no aware), and the resulting sound is not unlike s.i.n.a.'s. snappy persistent sound of the band is similar to a combination of ms gentur and reset, at the same time there are a lot of tracks that feature really cool textures filled with corroded noises, clicks, samples, static outbursts. the latter (being truly unique for mono no aware, setting it apart form the bands mentioned above) creates a very nice contrast with the solid rhythmic tracks, although at times I wish both those directions were more tightly integrated within one track instead, instead of being that clearly separated.

as for percussion-driven tracks, they are a little lighter (and faster) than ms gentur sound (especially with latest ms gentur material that is heavier and harsher than before); behind the persistent rhythmic drive there are quite a few changes in loops and noises, that keep your attention. technoid beats work together with drilling noises, small percussion explosions, clashing frequencies, atonal drilling and scraping noises. at times, when percussion drive reaches its peak, I have strong imminent flashbacks ("nord" era), but mixed with some ambient textures and small softer sounds.

some vocals is used on a few tracks, similar to s.i.n.a.'s material; vocal samples are used quite extensively (including soviet propaganda on "mono").

this album shows a lot of variety and even some very impressive ideas; while it lacks a strong sense of direction and at times sounds a little stretched, there is a strong potential displayed by the band, shown in few very powerful tracks and countless little pieces here and there. personally, I quite enjoyed the energy and fascination with constant rhythms, bringing out the essence of this style, as well as enriching it with multiple additional touches.

 
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