Happy Songs for Happy People
the uninitiated, Mogwai is a Glaswegian ensemble that creates intricate,
throbbing headphone-style instrumentals along the lines of acts
like Stereolab, God Speed You! Black Emperor and Sigur Ros. Their
sound has a lot in common with background music used in foreign
Whereas I liked the 20-plus
minute build-up that was the "My Father, My King" single,
in small doses I've always found Mogwai a tad bit, well, boring.
This one is no exception and maybe even a bit more boring than usual,
thanks to the lack of any really long tracks that create tension
by slowly, slowly escalating to a "big finish." There
are no big finishes this time, just the same slow, plodding, droning,
wall of sonics that have become the band's trademark. No dynamics
means no drama, and no drama means lots of yawning.
Posted July 24, 2003.
Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
are no big finishes this time, just the same slow, plodding,
droning, wall of sonics that have become the band's trademark."