Mogwai - Rave Tapes 12 inch

$45.00 (AUD)

Mogwai operate in a small space, where change decelerates into their music in lightly perceptible ways. Rave Tapes, the band's eighth album outside of their soundtrack and remix work, has been built up for its increased use of electronics, with a debt partially owed to the vintage synth scores that have held a sustained (and seemingly ever-increasing) influence over a huge swathe of underground artists. The first song to be released from the album, "Remurdered", certainly hinted that analog sounds would form a more rigorous backbone to their music than before, although they've been dabbling in this area since Rock Action in 2001. In truth, "Remurdered" is something of a red herring. If that song feels like a fuller manifestation of ideas that have taken over a decade for Mogwai to reach, Rave Tapes mostly tells a different story—one that digs harder into a place they've consistently circled back to throughout their career.

This is the second Mogwai album in less than a year, following their creepy 2013 soundtrack to the French TV show Les Revenants. That album is among the most introspective work they've ever recorded—no mean feat for a band so inward facing—and it's a tone they've only modestly advanced on for Rave Tapes. It's not hard to pull all the elements together and theorize at how they arrived at the humorous title for the record, which reads as a direct inverse to the morose worldview of the album and a poke at anyone thinking they’ve "gone electronic." Still, that's hard to square with a track like "Master Card", where the circular guitar motions they so often make remain front and center, and the analog sounds skirting across the surface only serve to keep familiar dynamics intact. The past hangs heavy on the shoulders of these guys, seemingly always keeping them in check even when you think they've reached a point of separation with it.