Published Feb 15, 2011Scottish post-rock unit Mogwai have been releasing a steady stream of mind-bending, atmospheric rock albums since the mid-'90s, and luckily they've continued this tradition with their seventh full-length Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. But while the quality of the overall product is just as reliable, the group have spiced up their lives for the new release.
The record, which hits store shelves February 15 but can be streamed right here on Exclaim.ca, is the first for new label Sub Pop. And the change of scenery seems to have inspired the Scotsmen.
A press release claims the disc marks the "sound of a band comfortable in their own skin, but clawing at the edges of their own capabilities," which aptly describes the varied affair. Opener "White Noise" eases the band into the record via a set of gentle guitar washes, ethereal synths, grand-piano twinklings and pounding drums. The gorgeous introduction then gives way to out-there number "Mexican Grand Prix," a raging slab of '80s cop rock replete with oozing keyboards and textured, vocoder-driven lead vocals.
But the band aren't afraid to juice up the distortion pedals on massive arena jams like "How to Be a Werewolf" before playing it cool, such as on steel-guitar-led, lonely-cowboy number "Letters to the Metro." And even with its grin-inducing song title, "You're Lionel Richie" is a stately slow-burner that tugs the heartstrings before crunching head first into a sea of feedback and devastating cymbal crashes.
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will may have re-teamed Mogwai with producer Paul Savage, who helmed their 1997 debut Young Team, but their seventh set finds them comfortably growing beyond their roots.
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will will be streaming on Exclaim.ca until February 21.
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