Expect classic mogwai tensions, twinkling synthesisers and tenderly interwoven guitar lines. Ambient washes spring forth from slowly building atmospherics and fall again into rumbles of activity. Yet another perfectly measured outing from the masters of post-rock.
STAFF COMMENTSDarryl says: The first venture into the world of the feature film soundtracks from famously brilliant instrumental(ish) rockers Mogwai, bringing together both the brittle, minimalist atmospherics and earth-shaking euphoric rock they've become so known for. A beautiful counterpoint to ‘Atomic’s tentative (but equally beautiful) malaise.
FORMAT INFORMATIONColoured LP Info: Limited edition heavyweight red vinyl LP.
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'Every Country's Sun' named after a friends lack of knowledge in how the universe works, takes two decades of Mogwai's signature, contrasting sounds and distills it, beautifully, into 56 concise minutes of gracious elegance, hymnal trance-rock, and transcendental euphoria. It will definitely appeal to fans of the band and will gain many new ones along the way.
FORMAT INFORMATION2xLP Info: Heavyweight 180 gram double black vinyl.
Constructed entirely of archive film, Atomic is an impressionistic kaleidoscope of the horrors of our nuclear times - protest marches, Cold War sabre-rattling, Chernobyl and Fukishima - but also the sublime beauty of the atomic world, and how x-rays and MRI scans have improved human lives. Mogwai’s soundtrack encapsulates the nightmare of the nuclear age, but its dreamlike qualities too. It is the latest in the band’s series of impressive soundtracks and scores, following acclaimed albums Les Revenants (The Returned) and Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait.
Cousins says of Atomic, the film: “I’m a child of the nuclear age, and in my teens I had nightmares about the bomb. But physics was my favourite subject in school, and I nearly studied it at university. Learning about the atomic world excited me. It was like abstract Star Wars.”
Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite says: “The Atomic soundtrack is one of the most intense and fulfilling projects we've taken on as a band. Ever since we went to Hiroshima to play and visited the peace park this has been a subject very close to us. The end results, both the film score and the record are pieces I'm extremely proud of.”
STAFF COMMENTSBarry says: Continuing along the same route as their much heralded synthesiser-heavy 2014 album, Rave Tapes, comes Atomic. Though not strictly an album (it is of course, a soundtrack first and foremost), it is as emotive and moving as you would expect from a band as dab-handed at soundscaping as Mogwai are. Even from the very first piece, twinkling synths meet with triumphant GYBE-esque horns, over a slowly whirling background, this is not quite the most melodic track on the album, but serves as an unsettlingly pleasant introduction. Much like the subject matter investigated in the film, this album is full of emotional ups and downs. Optimistic and dark in equal measure but stunningly gorgeous throughout.
Sil says: Mogwai bring their soundscapes to another stunning score. This one is a experimental documentary that looks at the Hiroshima nuclear bomb and its legacy.
The Scottish ensemble produce a soundtrack full of synthesizer bliss which finely balances the darkness and certain optimism that is reflected in this highly recommended documentary. If you enjoyed the Zidane soundtrack, this is for you.
FORMAT INFORMATIONIndies Exclusive LP Info: Orange translucent vinyl.
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LP Info: Standard black vinyl edition.
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This mini album contains three new and previously unheard tracks stemming from the writing and recording sessions for their last studio album ‘Rave Tapes’.
The release also contains remixes of tracks from that album by Nils Frahm, Blanck Mass and Pye Corner Audio.
Main track ‘Teenage Exorcists’ sees the band break new ground with a thrilling 3½ minute take on alternative rock.
The reissue of ‘Come On Die Young’ - fifteen years after it originally hit the shelves - recognises the vital role this album played in Chemikal Underground’s development as the label approaches its 20th anniversary in 2015.
This deluxe edition of ‘Come On Die Young’ has been painstakingly put together by the band and label, unearthing more than an hour of bonus material.
Previously unreleased takes from early Chem19 sessions of ‘Waltz For Aidan’, ‘Christmas Steps’, ‘Rollerball’ and ‘7-25’, which featured on ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’.
Seven remixed and remastered album tracks from CAVA sessions pre-dating the final Tarbox recording sessions.
Two previously unreleased tracks - ‘Satchel Panzer’ and ‘Spoon Test’.
Rarities ‘Nick Drake’, ‘Hugh Dallas’ and the three track ‘Travels In Constants’ EP.
The original, previously unreleased version of ‘Helps Both Ways’.
Clocking in at just under 50 minutes, the 10-track album is a lustrous collection mined from the same quarry as its predecessors, wreathed in painterly textures underpinned by increasingly electronic beats. The haunted strains of Deesh channel the slow-burning ecstasy of their 2006 song “Auto Rock” (a key presence in the denouement of Michael Mann’s film of Miami Vice that year) while the guitars on which Mogwai built their reputation remain, if for the most part less overtly belligerent this time round, as evidenced by the somnambulant opener “Heard About You Last Night” and the sonic scowl of “Hexon Bogon”. With Rave Tapes, Mogwai’s mastery of sound and space is firmly at its apex.
STAFF COMMENTSBarry says: Mogwai, Veteran post-rockers and noise merchants ramp it up in this latest iteration, with synths! Pulsing, brooding and mysterious, and juxtaposed with their trademark melodic highs. Groovy, imaginative, and downright brilliant. Post-rock for the 21st century.
FORMAT INFORMATIONLP Info: Heavyweight vinyl.
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Mogwai’s seventh studio album was recorded with Paul Savage, with whom they last worked on 1997’s "Mogwai Young Team" debut.
STAFF COMMENTSDarryl says: This is Mogwai on majestic top form, all the usual ingredients are here and they've added electronic touches and even vocals on a few tracks. A hugely impressive slab of sound.
The mini album features four brand new tracks recorded with Paul Savage.
'Earth Division' highlights a more subdued side of Mogwai, with three quietly plaintive piano and string infused tracks, plus the fuzz-drenched haze of "Drunk and Crazy".
FORMAT INFORMATION2xLtd CD/DVD Info: Limited edition CD/DVD. The DVD features 'Adelia, I Want To Love:' - a film about Mogwai by Vincent Moon and the "Bat Cat" videos 1+2.
Reissuing the brooding debut from legendary Scottish post-rock pioneers Mogwai may seem redundant to their obsessive collector fanbase, but there are treats within the second discfor devotees and newcomers alike. "Mogwai Young Team" itself is considered to be one of the more influential instrumental rock albums of the 1990s, despite the fact that the band themselves have continually downplayed its acclaim. Documenting the band at their most violent and visceral, it is a stark example of the power of dynamics with rock instruments, but shot through with moments of darkness and quiet that are chilling rather than soothing.
The second disc contains several live versions of songs from the album, as well as a rare cover of the Spacemen 3 song "Honey".
Fourth album from Glasgow cosmic post-rock band, following 2001's "Rock Action". Expanding on that album's more melodicsound rather than the loudness of their "My Father My King" EP, this record is subtler, more expansive and organic than anything they have done. It is modestly described on the band's website as 'forty one minutes fifty seconds of total unadulterated brilliance'.
Highlights are Hood's ultra-low slung, ambient groove version of "Like Herod", DJ Q's take on "R U Still In To It?" which turns the funk up to 11 for an unsettling recasting of Mogwai as Scotland's answer to Daft Punk, and Max Tundra's "Helicon 2" mix, which almost completely inverts the track's soft/loud structure and adds some seriously damaged distortion effects.
The highlight of disc two is the 16-minute "My Bloody Valentine Remix", which at times ranges so far from the original as to suggest not only a different song, but that it was created by an entirely different order of creature than human.
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