Mogwai - Rave Tapes

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Fans of Scotland's most prominent ambassadors of Post Rock will probably not be surprised at the lack of air horn on the coyly named Rave Tapes but make no mistake; the titular allusions to electronic music ring true in the material, with an undercurrent of synthesis running through the album.

That undercurrent takes on many different forms over the course of the LP's ten tracks. Simon Ferocious' sees the band exploring warm, analogue psychedelia of the ilk of Black Moth Super Rainbow, while the aptly titled Remurdered heads for darker and more hypnotic territory, the simple melodies and plodding bassline snowballing into a weighty sonic texture by the end of the song

Nestled in amongst electronic tinges and interesting new ideas are of course the classic Mogwai touches, be it the calm and understated melodies of opener Heard About You Last Night or the melancholy yet uplifting vocals of Blues Hour, which harks back to early career highlights like R U Still In 2 It.

While the record contains no truly menacing tracks there are still some well executed crescendos, but ultimately the emphasis here is on carefully placed riffs rather than raw power. Best of all for an album imbued with a myriad styles and influences, Rave Tapes achieves a consistency and flow often lacking in the modern LP. Truly this is an album with a beginning, a middle and an end rather than a collection of songs to be thrown ad-hoc into a shuffled playlist. You could do far worse than settle in with Braithwaite and his compadres for this one.

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