Behind the Shadow Drops

Debut Album

H a r m o n i c

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Behind the Shadow Drops

Behind the Shadow Drops is the new solo project from Takaakira 'Taka' Goto; guitarist and composer of Tokyo, Japan-based Instrumental musical group MONO.

Formed in 2016, the project features Taka’s first attempt in his career combining elements of Ambient, Trip Hop and other minimal musical elements, creating a Soundtrack-like dark musical world to the listeners.

The album features drums, percussion and programming by John McEntire of Tortoise and The Sea And The Cake who also mixes the album, as well as Los Angeles' Rock Cellist, Helen Money.

The debut full-length album is out now worldwide as of September 22, 2017.

(Photo by Mitja Kobal)


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Epica Awards Epica Awards: Online Campaigns Luxury Silver (2016)

Pierre Hermé Paris-Japon x Nicolas Buffe’s collaborative global website project, which Behind the Shadow Drops provided music for, has received a silver award for Epica Awards’ Online Campaigns - Luxury in 2016.

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2017 / Full-Length
H a r m o n i c

Release: September 22, 2017
Label: Temporary Residence Ltd.
  1. The End of Daydreams
  2. Trace of Snow Waltz
  3. Utopia
  4. Positive Shadow, Negative Light
  5. Sonata
  6. H a r m o n i c
  7. Ether
  8. Warm Light
  9. Utopia (Reprise)
Credits: All music written and performed by Takaakira 'Taka' Goto
String arrangements by Takaakira 'Taka' Goto
Cello by Alison / Helen Money
Violin by Kirsten Fife
Additional drums, percussion and programming by John McEntire
Additional cello and violin performed and recorded by Will Thomas at Neutral Music, Los Angeles, August 2016
Recorded at Studio Forty-4 & 5, Kanagawa and Tokyo, Summer 2016
Mixed by John McEntire at Soma Electronic Music Studios, Chicago, December 2016 – March 2017
Mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering, NYC, April 2017
Mixing and mastering direction by Jeremy deVine
Album title, song titles and creative direction by Sayoko Hirai
Photography by Mitja Kobal
Artist photography assisted by Florian Bolka
Design & layout by Seiya Ogino / Ogino Design



Jun 4, 2019
Los Angeles, USA


Aug 17, 2018
ArcTanGent Festival
Bristol, UK


Oct 1, 2017
Berlin, Germany
Oct 3, 2017
Espace B
Paris, France
Oct 4, 2017
Ghent, Belgium
Oct 5, 2017
Landgraaf, Netherlands
Oct 7, 2017
Brudenell Social Club
Leeds, UK
Oct 8, 2017
Exeter, UK
Oct 9, 2017
Manchester, UK
Oct 10, 2017
Garage Attic
Glasgow, UK
Oct 11, 2017
London, UK
Oct 12, 2017
Rome, Italy
Oct 13, 2017
Raindogs House
Savona, Italy
Oct 14, 2017
Santeria Social Club
Milan, Italy
Oct 17, 2017
British Rock Stars
Bratislava, Slovakia
Oct 18, 2017
Dürer Kert
Budapest, Hungary
Oct 20, 2017
Flying Circus
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Oct 21, 2017
Bucharest, Romania
Oct 24, 2017
Live Fact
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Oct 26, 2017
Little Bar Space
Chengdu, China
Oct 27, 2017
Beijing, China
Oct 28, 2017
BNSHB - Future House
Shanghai, China

Official Videos

Positive Shadow, Negative Light

Directed by Julien Levy

Concept: Takaakira 'Taka' Goto, Sayoko Hirai & Julien Levy
Featuring: Lauren Tsai and Yuko Nagata
Assistant: Mio Shimazaki
Editing: Julien Levy

Post-production at Insurrection, Tokyo, Japan.

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Directed by zakuro & kaka

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Pierre Hermé x Nicolas Buffe

Behind the Shadow Drops has recently completed an amazing collaborative project, an interactive novel "A Story of the Kingdoms of the Moon and of the Suns" with France's highest class pâtisserie brand Pierre Hermé and French modern artist Nicolas Buffe. Behind the Shadow Drops is a new solo project by the worldly known MONO's frontman, Takaakira 'Taka' Goto.

Taka is the type of artist who is blessed by a musical muse, and constantly hears music on a daily basis in his head. Because of his boundless imagination, Nicolas Buffe's original story "A Story of the Kingdoms of the Moon and of the Suns" gained a new beautiful fantastic worldview and shined further more. It is a true pleasure for Taka to be able to share his art through such wonderful projects as this.

"A Story of the Kingdoms of the Moon and of the Suns" is scheduled to be released chapter by chapter overtime. This grand story of stars is filled with incredible characters and the outcome is beautiful and is a truly original piece. Please enjoy this unique musical world with Behind the Shadow Drops.

The featured music is scheduled to be released in Summer 2017.

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