Mogwai's New Song Is Inspired by Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Berman

"Ritchie Sacramento" is the latest from 'As the Love Continues'

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jan 12, 2021

Just over a month out from delivering new album As the Love Continues, Mogwai have shared another single from the effort.

"Ritchie Sacramento" follows the previously shared "Dry Fantasy" and arrives alongside a video from director Sam Wiehl that you can take in below.

Mogwai's Stuart Brathwaite shared in a statement that the song "is dedicated to all the musician friends we've lost over the years" in pointing out its connections to prolific composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and late Silver Jews/Purple Mountains songwriter David Berman.

Brathwaite explained, "Ritchie Sacramento's title came from a misunderstanding a friend of ours had about how to say Ryuchi Sakamoto. The lyrics were inspired by a story Bob Nastanovich shared about his friend and bandmate David Berman who proclaimed 'Rise Crystal Spear' as he threw a shovel at a sports car."

As the Love Continues arrives February 19 via Temporary Residence/Rock Action, and features collaborations with Nine Inch Nails member Atticus Ross and Canadian sax god Colin Stetson.

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