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4.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm .... mellow, 2 April 2009
This review is from: Remember Remember (Audio CD)
Stuart Maconie played something from this CD on the Freakzone the other day, and my interest was sufficiently piqued for me to walk into my friendly neighbourhood record shop and part with a tenner. Such experiments generally have a 50/50 rate of success - I have bought a fair few CDs on the strength of a single listen to a single track only to be back to the record exchange with plastic bag a couple of weeks later - but on this occasion I have no regrets.

So what does it sound like? Not being familiar with Mogwai I cannot comment on this comparison, but after a couple of listens I detect a background of Cocteaus circa Victorialand, a hint of Bees and a smattering of 60s electronica likeTerry Riley and Philip Glass. It has a good-natured and relaxed groove, melodies that rise and fall, with all sorts of sounds drifting in and out of the mix. This is music to absorb rather than to concentrate on, with the action going on in another frame, out of the corner of the eye. Once absorbed though it leaves the world a happier place. Why the dropped star? The last two or three tracks seem a bit samey and outstay their welcome. Perhaps they will grow on me though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Just Might, 28 Jan 2009
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This review is from: Remember Remember (Audio CD)
Mogwai stable-mate Graeme Ronald will not eclipse his fellow Scot peers with this album, but does provide a relaxing alternative to their sonic landscapes. This is the sound of a Sunday morning in a house with good taste. The entirely instrumental sound laps gently at the soul, appropriately sounding like running water on `The Swimming'. It caresses the ears with blissed out guitars and loops, but away with such cliché. Remember Remember are not rewriting the book but their instrumental, post-rock quasi-electronica adds an interesting, urban orchestra-like addendum.

The layered samples of guitar, clarinet, percussion, wind-up toys (don't let it put you off), synths, glockenspiels and so on might seem too strong a concoction for most constitutions, but the sound, although complex feels optimistic, complimentary and lush - like a retiring friend who knows what to say and when.

Mogwai do leave an indelible imprint on the album, and their guiding hand and influence can be felt throughout, so much so as to even credit Stuart Braithwaite's rhythmic handclaps in the liner notes, but this work is entirely Ronald's and equally of merit, deserving to stand greater than as an anecdote in their tale.
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