Mono & World’s End Girlfriend – Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain Review

When it comes to World’s End Girlfriend, I’m not ever sure exactly what to expect. The albums by him are all varied and complex, and then bringing together Mono to create a collaborative album develops into something entirely unexpected.

Listeners should know Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain is five tracks, and over an hour of instrumental music. Released in 2006, it does follow what World’s End Girlfriend was releasing at the time, more instrumental and acoustically driven songs.

As I’m not familiar with Mono, I’m not exactly sure what style that group uses. But the album is excellent and sounds like a soundtrack. The ominous tones and strings in the songs create a strange aural landscape. While there are five tracks, the whole album is one songs which the third track completing the first crescendo of the music.

The flow from track to track is expected of World’s End Girlfriend and this album makes me want to listen to Mono and see that style and how it was combined with Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain.