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The Twilight Sad

It Won't Be Like This All The Time

    From their unassuming origins as a group of school friends drawn together by a shared passion for music to the global touring force (supporting The Cure and Editors at arenas and stadiums), they have quietly become, The Twilight Sad’s ascent has been forged the old way with grit, graft and four exceptional studio albums. Now signed to Mogwai’s Rock Action Records, the bands fifth album does not disappoint and will certainly not disappoint fans of their previous works. It will also appeal to fans of The Cure, Frighten Rabbits, The National, Interpol and Editors.

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    2xColoured LP Info: Indies exclusive heavyweight blue vinyl.

    2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert

    Ghost Stories For Christmas

      It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And in the old tradition, Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert invite you to gather round the fire for Ghost Stories for Christmas.

      The album began with an idea for a song – forthcoming single A Ghost Story for Christmas. Originally intended as a one-off, seasonal release, it proved such fun to write that soon they had enough songs for an EP. “Then, on a nice, sunny, summer morning, I phoned Hubby and suggested we just do a whole album,” says Moffat. The album also features their cover of Yazoo’s synth classic Only You, already a popular number in their live set and the cover versions is topped off with a sombre rendition of Mud’s 1974 hit, Lonely This Christmas.

      The Twilight Sad

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        From their unassuming origins as a group of school friends drawn together by a shared passion for music, to the global touring force (supporting The Cure and Editors at arenas and stadiums) they have quietly become, The Twilight Sad’s ascent has been forged the old way with grit, graft and four exceptional studio albums.

        Now signed to Mogwai’s Rock Action Records, the band’s fifth album will certainly not disappoint fans of their previous works. It will also appeal to fans of The Cure, Frighten Rabbits, The National, Interpol and Editors. To celebrate the launch of their new album, the band are releasing this exclusive one-sided etched 10” disc to independent retailers. The single includes a digital download code.

        Mogwai's first venture into the world of the feature film soundtracks is for the upcoming KIN (directed by the producers that bought you Stranger Things and Arrival, Jonathan and Josh Baker and in cinemas 31st August 2018).

        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 COMMENTS

        Darryl 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 INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Limited edition heavyweight red vinyl LP.

        Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Kathryn Joseph releases her new album From When I Wake The Want Is, via Glasgow’s Rock Action Records. The follow up to 2015’s acclaimed debut Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled, which was named the Scottish Album of the Year, this album is a captivating set that documents both life’s traumas and their resolutions. Produced by Marcus Mackay, who also worked on her debut album, 'From When I Wake The Want Is' mixes new songs with material gathered over the past ten years to create an intimate and often devastating portrait of Joseph’s world.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Echoing piano and dusty atmospheric washes with touches of jazzy percussion make for a beautifully mournful but immersive backdrop for Joseph's evocative vocal touches. A stunningly fragile but brilliantly immersive listen.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Heavyweight clear vinyl.

        Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        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.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        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.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        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

          Conflats

            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.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            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.

            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.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            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.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            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.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            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.

              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.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              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.

              Mogwai

              Central Belters

                Mogwai release a 20 year career spanning retrospective of album tracks, singles and rarities which includes tracks from their debut album to their recent Top 10 album ‘Rave Tapes’.

                To those new to the band or who have been introduced via their soundtrack work on Channel 4’s ‘Les Revenants’ this is a must own collection of some of the best and most well known of the band’s music, available as a fantastic 3CD set or 6LP box set.

                Physical formats include a 20 page booklet of photos that takes you through the band’s history and includes words from well known author and journalist Keith Cameron.

                The LPs in the box set are individually sleeved and pressed on heavyweight vinyl. Box set also includes digital download codes.

                This album marks the end of a year of celebrations which included two sell out nights at London’s Roundhouse in the Summer and a one hour special on BBC6 Music.

                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.

                Following the release of the critically acclaimed ‘Rave Tapes’ in January, Mogwai completed a worldwide tour with sell out shows at London’s Royal Festival Hall and festival performances headlining stages at Glastonbury and Latitude.

                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.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Mini LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                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.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                LP Info: Heavyweight vinyl.

                LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                Mogwai’s critically acclaimed ‘Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will’ album remixed.

                Featuring contributions from artists as diverse as Cylob, Tim Hecker, Zombi and The Soft Moon.

                Released through the band’s Rock Action Records imprint.

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                2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                Glasgow four piece Errors return with the first single taken from their brand new studio album, which is due soon on Mogwai’s Rock Action Records label.

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                Ltd 7" Info: Just found 1 copy.

                ‘Earth Division’ is the brand new mini album from Mogwai, following on from the band's critically acclaimed 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’ album.

                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".




                Mogwai

                Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will - Limited Edition Box Set

                NOTE: The release date has been moved back due to production problems.

                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.

                Following on from 2008’s "The Hawk Is Howling" the limited edition box set (700 copies) features an additional 12” EP of demo tracks from the "Hardcore Will Never Die" sessions, along with the 2LP and 2CD versions of the album, plus art prints and a laser cut stencil.

                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.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                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.

                "The Dancing" is a signature track taken from Remember Remember's self-titled debut album which was a big hit with the more savvy indie stores last year. Recorded in and around Glasgow it's a bewildering mix of loops, innovative samples, washes of warm ambience, deft swatches of guitar and live instrumentation that echoes the Kraut-rock spirit of Can and Neu! whilst bringing to mind the likes of Animal Collective/Philip Glass/Brian Eno and Yann Tiersen.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Ltd 7" Info: 500 only for the world.

                Mogwai

                My Father My King

                Arranged by Arthur Baker and recorded by Steve Albini, this is probably Mogwai's finest moment. An epic beyond all epics this a one track single that clocks in at over twenty minutes, and covers everything from intense noise to beautiful serenity. Totally ESSENTIAL!!!!

                Errors

                Toes

                Whilst retaining the elements of new-wave and acid house that marked their early releases, this new material represents a natural progression and evolution in Errors' sound that so far has seen the band touted as natural successors to the mantle currently held by the like of Battles, Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Ltd 7" Info: The 7" includes a brand new recording "Period Drama" on the B-side.

                Random Number

                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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