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Rev Magnetic

Gloaming

    Rock Action announce the first release on the label by Rev Magnetic.

    Combining elements of dream pop, R&B, shoegaze and post rock, Rev Magnetic revolves around the core of musician and author Luke Sutherland, a long-time Mogwai collaborator on stage and on record. 

    ‘Gloaming’, with its celestial tale of disappearing love, provides a snapshot of the band’s forthcoming debut album which, with a cosmos of transformative sound references ranging from My Bloody Valentine to Teebs, Lemmy-era Hawkwind to ABBA and Vaughan Williams to Stravinsky, is due for release later in the year

    Kathryn Joseph

    Weight / Cold

      The last single to be taken from ‘From When I Wake The Want Is’, Kathryn’s second album, released last Summer, features an exclusive new track on the B- side.

      'Future Ruins' presents a band moving with real time and real life vitality, showcasing new tricks alongside classic hallmarks. It exhibits Swervedriver’s fabled widescreen escapism, but with a tension that echoes the sleeve image of Coney Island in skeletal monochrome, like a post mortem photograph of a failed utopia. 

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Swervedriver do it once again, their shimmering dytopian drone meeting headfirst with beautiful shoegaze aesthetics and hefty songwriting prowess to craft an absorbing and enthralling listen.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive heavyweight red vinyl.

      Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      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.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xColoured LP Info: Indies exclusive heavyweight blue vinyl.

        2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

        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.

          Out Lines

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            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.

            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.

            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.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            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.


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