Recorded at Pieater’s BellBird studio in Melbourne, the album came together over a three-year period, mostly in Melbourne, but pieces sketched all over. It was entirely written, recorded, produced and mixed by Tom Snowdon and Tom Iansek.
No Mono and the pair’s debut record, "Islands part 1", is the culmination of years of songwriting and performances and draws broad influence, including from Snowdon's upbringing in the remote desert town of Alice Springs and his relationship to central Australia. It also oozes Tom Iansek's boundary-pushing production.
Like the band's name, which is derived from the Japanese expression 'Mono No Aware', No Mono's music explores/inspired by the emotional and otherwordly. "Islands part 1" is a record about transition through crisis and sanctuary. The band goes deeper, "The songs are all about the turbulence of loss and change and the transformative power that accompanies these moments. They tell our personal stories and reflect our shared fascination in the power of the unseen, and in the enjoyment of making music and songs together; ultimately, the thread that inspired this project.”
released May 4, 2018
All song written and recorded by Tom Snowdon & Tom Iansek
Produced by Tom Iansek at BellBird
Mixed by Tom Iansek at BellBird
supported by 27 fans who also own “Islands part 1 (LP | 2018)”
This deserves to be Australian album of the year. The white vinyl version is delicious and I love how this album takes you through an emotional journey with the 4 distinct moods of each side. Awesome. Tim Bariss
supported by 21 fans who also own “Islands part 1 (LP | 2018)”
From start to finish, About Face is an exercise of pure luxury. It feels like a warm milk bath, entering your ears and putting you at ease, while actually sending some important messages subliminally. You're too relaxed to really pay attention, but you will find yourself thinking about this album for weeks on end. Hellerphant
supported by 11 fans who also own “Islands part 1 (LP | 2018)”
Really wanted a physical copy and be my very first cd, so I'm so grateful to bandcamp that this is possible for a Londoner. Great tunes as always, from a fan halfway around the world Thanks Airling and keep up the good work kayceekayce