Requiem for Hell: Stream Mono’s Arresting New Song “Ely’s Heartbeat”
“Ely’s Heartbeat,” from Japanese instrumental post-rock masters Mono, is built on an audio sample of the in-utero heartbeat of the band’s close friend’s baby.
On its own, the concept might seem gimmicky — bands incorporate samples of all kinds into music with grandiose proclamations in the name of “art” — but Mono’s mastery of dynamic, and their ability to paint cinematic drama throughout the course of a song with their instruments, brings that idea to vivid life. Having a child is alternatingly wonderful and terrifying, and both of those extremes — as well as everything in between — are captured in this simultaneously gorgeous and melancholic song. Whether you’ve had a child or not, “Ely’s Heartbeat” is sure to elicit emotions ranging from ecstatic to destitute. Or maybe I’m just projecting.