Mogwai – Atomic...

Prolific Scottish Post Rock innovators Mogwai release their third soundtrack album.

Mogwai – Central Belters...

Scottish Post Rock outfit Mogwai mark a hugely prolific twenty years of making music with a compilation that  showcases just why they have endured and thrived for so long in what some consider a niche genre. Bands in the Post Rock/Instrumental category often struggle to grow beyond the somewhat narrow expectations of fans of that genre. Any deviation from the Post Rock formula is not generally met with approval, but to Mogwai’s credit, they have always been a couple of steps ahead of the pack and it is for this reason that they are often recognised as such a pioneering act. 2014’s Rave Tapes was a marked  evolution in their sound, and also provided them with their biggest selling album to date, a long overdue vindication of their single minded and uncompromising approach to making music. Central Belters is a beautifully packaged three CD digipak (six LP vinyl box-set) containing just under three and a half hours of music. It offers a comprehensive overview of the bands work, plucking songs from their very earliest recordings right through to their last EP ‘ Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1’ released in late 2014. It is obvious that a lot of care and attention went into choosing, sequencing, and packaging these tracks; by and large, the very best of their work is represented here – some fans will no doubt focus on what has been omitted, but it is hard to quibble with so much of what is included here. From the ear bleeding assault of early tracks like ‘New Paths To Helicon Pt 1’ and ‘Christmas Steps’ through to the more textured, synthetic feel of ‘I Know You Are But What Am I?’ and ‘2 Rights Make 1 Wrong’ it comes as something of a surprise to ...

Mogwai – Rave Tapes...

January is traditionally a slow month for new album releases but 2014 looks set to buck that trend with a number of highly anticipated releases scheduled to drop right in the middle of the post Christmas slump. Scottish Post Rock pioneers Mogwai are first up with the follow up to their well received soundtrack for French supernatural chiller Les Revenants. Mogwai are considered by many to be the godfathers of the Post Rock scene – their debut album in 1995 proved to be the blueprint for that genre -lengthy instrumental pieces that quietly built towards punishing crescendos of distorted guitar noise. They spawned a host of imitators as facsimile bands saw an opportunity to tap into the niche but almost religiously zealous fan-base that had latched on to the Post Rock movement. Rave Tapes is their eight studio album (not including soundtrack work) and sees them further distance themselves from the ‘quiet loud’ dynamic that was such a hallmark of their early releases. It is probably closest in spirit to their 2003 album Happy Songs for Happy People with an emphasis on a more textured approach, with electronic elements very much to the fore. That is not to say that guitars have been discarded completely – they still feature heavily throughout, but this is a more restrained effort where the temptation to go for the big finish is never yielded to. Opener ‘Heard About You Last Night’ showcases this more restrained approach; the sky kissing guitars in the chorus offer the tantalising hope that Mogwai are about to reward us with one of their trademark finishes but it never happens. ‘Remurdered’ is built around a fat, distorted electronic bassline that circles in on itself, hypnotic, trance-like. The ghostly remnants of their work on the...