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Beautiful swathes of white noise and melodic soundscapes,
By A Customer
This review is from: Come On Die Young (Audio CD)
Having just returned from the Mogwai-curated All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Camber Sands I can testify to Mogwai's greatness. Drawing on the influences of post-rock pioneers Slint and Tortoise and incorporating the attitude of "Funhouse"-era Stooges, they manage to surpass these gargantuan starting-points, creating an album drenched in passion and beauty. CODY sees Mogwai reaching new heights, building on the quiet-loud Pixies-influenced Young Team and No Education = No Future (Fuck the Curfew) EP - both of which are highly recommended. Kicking off with the low-key melancholy of "punk rock:" which features delicate guitars over a recording of an Iggy Pop interview,it is clear that Barry Burns' addition has added a whole new dimension to their sound. Although Mogwai traditionally eschew singing, "cody"'s fragile and emotional outpouring fits perfectly with the swaying steel guitars to conjure emotions and memories you never felt music could inspire. "Helps both ways" features the repeated beauty of a guitar refrain augmented with brass over a commentary of an American football game. "year 2000 non-compliant cardia" sees the sound swell with feedback before returning to a melodic lull, a process that continues with "kappa." "oh! how the dogs stack up", one of the best (if shortest) cuts on the album, is heralded with disembowled reberbing voices and a piano refrain with strange background noise and I challenge anyone not to sway their head in time with "ex-cowboy." The album's zenith is the live favourite "christmas steps," originally featured on the Fuck the Curfew EP, which demonstrates Mogwai's pure power - words cannot do it justice, and "punk rock/puff daddy,ANTICHRIST" finishes CODY with a haunting note. Overall, the album is one of extreme beauty and, paradoxically, delicate-power. I recommend this record to any true music-lover, but for the true experience see them live. Mogwai are proof of the addage good thing come to those who wait, and your patience will be rewarded by layers of ethereal sound and furious noise. I also recommend 'EP' and the material they are currently working on (which I've heard live).