10 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Few partnerships make more sense than bludgeoning post-rock Scots Mogwai soundtracking a film about a nuclear explosion (2015's BBC documentary, Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise). But surprisingly, considering the subject matter, the group dial it down on this gorgeous collection, which broods in the eerie mists of the fallout rather than stoking the violence. The tense pulses of “U-235” evoke radiation detection devices, and the tremulous strings in “Are You a Dancer” are the closest Mogwai have come to folk, while the doomy, reeling “Pripyat” combines their ambient and aggressive tendencies to masterful effect.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Few partnerships make more sense than bludgeoning post-rock Scots Mogwai soundtracking a film about a nuclear explosion (2015's BBC documentary, Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise). But surprisingly, considering the subject matter, the group dial it down on this gorgeous collection, which broods in the eerie mists of the fallout rather than stoking the violence. The tense pulses of “U-235” evoke radiation detection devices, and the tremulous strings in “Are You a Dancer” are the closest Mogwai have come to folk, while the doomy, reeling “Pripyat” combines their ambient and aggressive tendencies to masterful effect.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

thisplaceisdeath ,

MOGWAI….

if the universe makes music, it would sound like this in outer space.

williamcompanyman ,

Outstanding

Some Kraftwerk here, other Krautrock there. Sometimes feels like a film score, but also like a Mogwai album. This one takes a few listens, but it has become one of my favorites of 2016, and perhaps my favorite Mogwai record (the other being Hardcore Will Never Die but You Will).

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