I am not sure why, but I had never associated Mogwai with old age whiskey, it’s not because they are both from Scotland that I should assume they go well together. However The Good Spirits co. In Glascow is releasing a special Mogwai edition to celebrate the release of Mogwai’s new album ‘Rave Tapes’.
I haven’t had the time to listen to the new album – I am streaming it right now – so this is not gonna be a review of the album, you need lots of time to digest Mogwai in general – but so far, nothing that I have heard really surprises me, these are the same explorative, contemplative synth-guitars trip, the same labyrinthic instrumentals with lots of droning fuzzy electronics and pounding-firing drums I am used to,… The Mogwai guys seem to continue to do what they have been doing for some time now, and they are certainly very good at it, but at the first listening I can’t say I hear distinctive melodies piercing from the heavy fog of electronics, the way I did when I listened to ‘Hardcore Never Die But You Will’ for the first time. May be they are trapped in their own soundscape, and as vast as it is nothing here sounds as surprising as ‘How to be a Werewolf’….Still after 4 minutes, ‘Remurdered’ will give you what you want if you are into this kind of build-up that makes you head explode. So they give us ten expansive soundtrack-y tunes, but what about that title, ‘Rave Tapes’? It sounds like a joke because nothing there is even close to a rave party, except may be the titles of some songs, ‘No Medicine for Regret’, ‘The Lord is Out of Control’, in the could-have-been-heard-at-a-rave-category.
And to go with that rave, their own edition of whiskey will be ‘limited to 324 numbered bottles, which were distilled in September 2004 at Glenallachie Distillery, Speyside, and bottled this month by the Creative Whisky Company.’ The band will even go to the length of signing the bottles at the Good Spirits Co in Glasgow before their show at Glasgow Concert Hall on January 28th, when the whisky officially goes on sale. By the way it will cost you £55 piece, but these bottles look like beer bottles to me!
simultaneously self-effacing and egomaniacs
essentially a disco remix of “Rocket Man” featuring one of the the UK’s biggest stars…
“I literally really need you to jump up and down”
Friday night might kill us but Thursday evening is a blast
it just isn’t the triumph she needed after six years
an impressive sonic ride.
a high-spirited Post Pandemic anthem
a memorable band who were never better than here
almost Pink Floyd-esque