Japan's *Mono *are fantastic, perhaps the greatest post-rock - to pick the most convenient pigeonhole - band ever to have graced a stage. Live, the quartet are immense - often statuesque but always crafting the most moving of melodies and dramatic of climaxes. Yet this release, featuring seven remixes of tracks originally available on their One Step More And You Die _album, presents all and sundry with but one question: _why?
The original versions of these songs are so perfect to so many that it seems criminal to have them reassembled by parties unconnected with those who Mono have touched over the years. From a purely artistic perspective, DJ Olive the Audio Janitor's take on 'Halo' is a dub-inflected delight complete with ghostly and indecipherable vocals, and Raz Mesinai's glitch-riddled reworking of the mighty 'com?' differs greatly from the original masterpiece, progressing from a static-slighted wander through post-rock into a tribal-drummed piece akin to something 65daysofstatic might create if they'd grown up in Africa rather than Yorkshire.
But the question remains:_ why? Why bother reinterpreting music that is already so majestic? Why release a record that sounds far from complete, a number of its tracks seemingly created in a lunchbreak? Contributions from Calla and Jackie-O Motherfucker are largely forgetful, and as a whole _New York Soundtracks comes far from recommended. Buy as a stopgap if you're hardcore, but otherwise let this slip through the cracks.
5Mike Diver's Score