Rave Tapes


Released: 20 January 2014

Genre: Rock

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Mogwai will never die, but you will.

They feel like they've always been part of rock's tapestry, but the Glaswegian post-rockers betray no signs of flagging. This might be their first album since 2011's Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, but they've kept their hand in with a remix set and an acclaimed soundtrack for last year's superior French zombie drama The Returned, bedding in as grand old men of the scene.

Largely instrumental as usual, Rave Tapes is typical Mogwai – inventive, emotive, dark and absorbing. If their sound's shifted at all, it's in the increasingly pervasive presence of electronics, with synths dominant on the excellently titled, somewhat Gary Numan-esque Simon Ferocious and a vocoder bringing android warmth to The Lord Is Out Of Control. Lead single Remurdered even owes a debt to Depeche Mode, with its sleazy depth-charge synth-bass, before giving way to white-noise bursts of guitar.

There's one proper vocal from Stuart Braithwaite on the meditative Blues Hour – and a cheeky monologue about the Satanic properties of Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven on Repelish – but otherwise Mogwai do their thing, letting the (hey!) music do the talking. It's still got plenty to say.

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