Monoland: ‘Cooning’


Although comparable to the work of bands like Lush and Sonic Youth, the swirling guitar loops within “Cooning” are most reminiscent of ambient-noise avatars My Bloody Valentine. There is a shared love of droning, wavering notes that last for minutes. Moreover, they both produce some jangly guitar-pop, and then bury it beneath layers of distortion.

Where they differ is in their use of electronic gadgetry. While MBV used synth somewhat sparingly, Monoland often float their sonic anomalies on top of abstract trip-hop sampling. Although it is heavily manipulated by samplers and sequencers, the clangor is transformed into something as natural-sounding as a rainstorm or ocean swells.

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.

Monoland: 'Cooning' | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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