In late May, THE MON – the solo project of Ufomammut’s Urlo – released its second album Eye, featuring guests from Neurosis, Amenra, and more, through Supernatural Cat. Today, another new video for the record has been issued, with “Burning From Afar,” the song featuring Sarah Pendleton (Subrosa, The Otolith) and David W (White Hills).
Urlo is most widely known as the lead vocalist, bassist, synth player and one of the founding members of the heavy psych Italian band Ufomammut, as well as one of the three minds behind the poster art trio Malleus Rock Art Lab, and one of the operators of Supernatural Cat Records. The aim of his solo project THE MON is to reach the boundaries of a spiritual soundscape in which the music becomes purification and atonement, a way to bring out the world that is inside the human soul. Where Ufomammut creates mind-expanding, heavy psychedelic, almost other-dimensional sounds, THE MON is far more intimate, looking inward, as Urlo explores and examines his innermost thoughts through music. THE MON builds layers of brooding sounds which sometimes unfurl at a glacial pace and other times lurch with rhythmic propulsion, each piece distinct, densely packed, and all-consuming in their evocative atmospheres.
In comparison to its predecessor, Doppelleben, THE MON’s Eye LP is more introspective and denser, the new record built around electronic soundscapes and acoustic atmospheres that take you on a sonic journey where the songs flow nonstop into one another. While Urlo performs the entire musical foundation of the album, he is joined by a cast of special guests, with vocal/lyrical contributions from Steve Von Till (Neurosis), Colin H. Van Eeckhout (Amenra), and Francesca De Franceschi Manzoni, as well as violins from Sarah Pendleton (Subrosa, The Otolith), and guitars from David W (White Hills).
Eye was written, performed, produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Urlo at The Howl, Italy, and the artwork completed by the Malleus Rock Art Lab collective. While choosing a singular genre for THE MON’s Eye is surely a difficult challenge, one could classify the album as heavy dark folk electronic.
The new video was created by Malleus Rock Art Lab.Urlo comments, “’Burning from Afar’ is like a lysergic fairy tale in which the lyrics chase each other to create a mystical nursery rhyme. It’s also one of the two songs in which my friend Dave from the White Hills played his magic guitar, along with Sarah Pendleton from the Otolith which created a wonderful texture with her violin. This song is one of my favorites of the album; I hope you’ll like it as I do.”
Watch THE MON’s video for “Burning From Afar” video now at THIS LOCATION.