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Fans of all good music to come out of Scotland will be familiar with the name Aidan Moffat. A stalwart of Glasgow, one half of Arab Strap & Scottish Album of the Year winner among many other accolades joins fellow SAY Award winner and Chemikal Underground label mate RM Hubbert for this new album, this time out on Mogwai's Rock Action Records. The album features guest appearances from fellow Glaswegian Siobhan Wilson, who sings and plays cello (and who released her own There Are No Saints album last year to great acclaim); Louisville, Kentucky’s Rachel Grimes on piano; and veteran jazz saxophonist John Burgess.


Barry says: A new one from Moffat and Hubbert is never going to disappoint, but this one is thoroughly transcendent. Stunning folk flourishes, off-kilter syncopated rhythms and simmering,loungey woodwind. Stunner.


LP includes MP3 Download Code.

Kathryn Joseph

Tell My Lover

    The ethereal Kathryn Joseph releases this single as a taster of her forthcoming album, her second since the SAY Award-winning ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled’ from 2015 and her first for Glasgow’s Rock Action Records.

    The single will appeal to lovers of haunting melodies and beautiful lyrics which will penetrate the corners of your soul.

    Fans of the recent Out Lines album, which Kathryn appeared alongside James Graham of The Twilight Sad and producer Marcus Mackay, along with those that enjoy the sounds of Björk, Kate Bush, Anohni and Joanna Newsom, will love the unique talent of Scotland’s best kept secret, Kathryn Joseph.

    Out Lines


      Out Lines is a project by singer / songwriter Kathryn Joseph (Scottish Album Of The Year winner 2015), The Twilight Sad’s James Graham and producer / songwriter / musician Marcus Mackay.

      This exciting body of work was inspired by conversations Kathryn and James had with people who use Platform: a groundbreaking multi-arts and community space in Easterhouse, an area in the east end of Glasgow.

      With James and Kathryn at the helm of translating the stories heard through their conversations with locals and Marcus steering the sound, this inspiring collection of songs is being released through Rock Action Records.


      Barry says: Haunting dual-vocal lines, pulsing synths and hefty, echoing percussion make this a fascinating and enthralling journey through electronics, chamber-rock and swirled with a hint of folky drone. Beautifully constructed, and massively enjoyable.


      LP Info: The LP is pressed on heavyweight vinyl with digital
      download code.


      Party In The Dark

        This is the second track to be made available from Mogwai’s forthcoming ‘Every Country’s Sun’ album.

        ‘Party In The Dark’ combines a post punk blueprint with expansive space rock and has been described by Dazed as “a New Order-nodding melodic joy.”

        The band recently performed their new album in its entirety for the first time in a triumphant surprise show at this year’s Primavera Sound, Barcelona. In a live review, The Quietus wrote: “... the material bounds with purpose and spirit, depth and intelligence, quiet triumph and (particularly toward the end) emphatic weight, promising a record of cleverly-woven instrumentalism that slays and sates in remarkable unison.”

        ‘Eternal Panther’ is an exclusive new track.


        Every Country's Sun - Box Set Edition

          Mogwai return with their 9th studio album which was recorded with renowned producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lip’s, Mogwai’s Come On Die Young and ROCK ACTION) at his Tarbox Road Studios in New York State.

          The box set contains CD, heavyweight double gatefold white vinyl, heavyweight 12” of album demos plus photographic prints by Antony Crook taken while the band were recording in January 2017. The 12” features 6 demos of tracks from the album. All vinyl formats include a download code.

          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. 

          Mogwai return with their 9th studio album which was recorded with renowned producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lip’s, Mogwai’s Come On Die Young and ROCK ACTION) at his Tarbox Road Studios in New York State.

          '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.


          Barry says: I'll admit, there was a moment when I wondered if Mogwai could really do it again... it was fleeting and then it was quashed. 'Every Country's Sun' is every bit the refined, gripping journey we've come to expect from Mogwai. A perfectly balanced and impeccable accomplished juxtaposition of their early, post-rock roots and their more recent forays into stunning melodicism.


          2xLP Info: Heavyweight 180 gram double black vinyl.

          2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

          Formed while members of pop noise group Golden Grrls, Rachel Aggs and Eilidh Rodgers release their debut album as Sacred Paws through Glasgow's Rock Action Records. The album features 10 short but very sweet infectious guitar pop tunes.

          For fans of The Raincoats, Sleater Kinney and Warpaint.


          Barry says: Lots of twanging guitar and two-part harmonies, swaying surf-guitar lines and beautifully intricate rhythmic melodies. Not twee enough to be twee, but melodic, addictive and brilliant.

          Sacred Paws

          Everyday / Rest

            After the successful sell out of their debut EP to Rock Action last year, the label announce the release of Sacred Paws’ full album early 2017. This double A side single features the first two tracks to be taken from that album.

            The band’s infectious high energy rhythms have gained fans such as Marc Riley on BBC6 Music. This should appeal to anybody who likes their songs short and sweet with an uplifting feel of summery punk pop.

            For fans of Sleater Kinney, Courtney Barnett and Warpaint.

            Xander Harris, former sidekick to vampire slayer (and sometime fondler) Buffy has gotten out of the stake-wielding game and brought us his 6th album, this time on Mogwai's own Rock Action records. Very much a horror/library sort of affar (no doubt inspired by his illustrious past), comprising of silky-smooth synth sweeps, heavy on the low-pass and saturated to the high heavens. Tracks like 'The Eye In The Triangle' wouldn't sound out of place on a Pye Corner Audio album, meandering but without being too wispy to really make an impact. 'Predator State' is more along the cold-wave lines, lots of delay and swirling pads, ambient and harrowing. Arpeggios swirl in the background before slowly coming to the fore before the groove kicks in, understated but ridiculously effective. 'Buckle Bunny' is probably the most obvious dance number on the LP, with Krauty sequenced synths, 1-2-1-2 percussives and majestic melody lines. The whole album is a perfect example of restraint and melody, understated enough to really shine but with a melodic sensibility that really stands out. Brilliant from beginning to end. 

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: RIYL : Pye Corner Audio, Horror soundtracks, John Carpenter et al. Groovy but dusty synthetic soundscapes, grooving analogue percussives and shimmering arpeggios work together to make this a stunning and enthralling listen.

            The album is composed of reworked versions of the music recorded for the soundtrack to director Mark Cousin’s acclaimed documentary Atomic: Living In Dread and Promise, which first aired on BBC Four last summer.

            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 COMMENTS

            Barry 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.


            Indies Exclusive LP Info: Orange translucent vinyl.

            Indies Exclusive LP includes MP3 Download Code.

            LP Info: Standard black vinyl edition.

            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

            Atheist's Cornea is the 6th studio album from Japanese hardcore band, Envy. At 43 minutes long this album shows Envy at their most progressive. One of the loudest bands in the world, Envy have influenced artists such as Thursday, Deafheaven, MONO, Touché Amoré and Mogwai who have signed them to their Rock Action label for UK & Europe.

            Xander Harris

            Cry Havoc / Heathen Birth

            Mogwai's Rock Action label present a brand new 7" single and debut for the label from Austin based Xander Harris (aka Justin Sweatt).

            Having previously contributed a reimagining of Mogwai's 'How To Be A Werewolf' to their 'A Wrenched Virile Lore' collection and a reworking of Errors' 'Hemlock', Rock Action is delighted to release this limited 7" of Xander Harris' own productions and with a new full length album currently in production give a preview of great things to come.

            Harris is an electronic artist providing a growing balance between tense atmospherics, Italo camp and psychedelic flair.

            His exploration of Giallo sounds landed his wellreceived debut ‘Urban Gothic’ on FACT’s Best 50 LPs of 2011 list.

            This past year has found the native Texan equipped with a diverse discography and live performances that have taken him across the world.

            Heavyweight limited edition vinyl 7” (500 copies only).

            Following on from the sold out limited edition 10" EP released in January, Rock Action Records are proud to present the full soundtrack album by Mogwai for the acclaimed Canal+ series ‘Les Revenants’, featuring 14 brand new Mogwai recordings created as the score to the drama.


            LP Info: Heavyweight vinyl.

            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

            The Scots post-rock legends follow up their 2010 CD/DVD live opus "Special Moves" with this, their seventh studio album and first since 2008's "The Hawk Is Howling". On this superbly titled effort the band continue to evolve, incorporating contemporary electronic touches into their trademark instrumental post-hardcore sound as they veer from the stately and elegiac to outright brute force. Includes the single "Mexican Grand Prix" and the track "Rano Pano", which was given away as a free download.

            Mogwai’s seventh studio album was recorded with Paul Savage, with whom they last worked on 1997’s "Mogwai Young Team" debut.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Darryl 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.


            2xLtd CD Info: The limited edition deluxe 2CD (limited to 3000
            copies for the UK) features a bonus CD with the
            previously unreleased 26 minute track "Music For A
            Forgotten Future (The Singing Mountain)",
            recorded for Douglas Gordon and Olaf Nicolai’s
            "Monument For Forgotten Future" installation in
            Essen, Germany.

            Live album recorded over Mogwai’s three night residency at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg.
            Also includes "Burning" DVD filmed by Vincent Moon and Nathanaël Le Scouarnec.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Darryl says: From subtle intricacies on their mellower moments through to the nasal hair removing intensity of their 'jet engine' like noise moments, this album perfectly encapsulates the 'live experience' of the awesome Mogwai.

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            The Fact That I Did

            Ex Coping Saw, Rauschen and Hood man Matt Robson brings us this melodic electronica four tracker on Mogwai's Rock Action label.

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