Dec 25, 2016

Sundaze 1652

Hello, a Merry Christmas to you all, there's a warm breeze blowing here but then the last time i saw a white Christmas is some time ago, and i've never heard the jingle bells.I notice a trend of broadcasting more fantasy in these days...ah yes make year we'll have more....

Today's artists are a Scottish post-rock band, formed in 1995 in Glasgow. The band typically compose lengthy guitar-based instrumental pieces that feature dynamic contrast, melodic bass guitar lines, and heavy use of distortion and effects. The band were for several years signed to renowned Glasgow indie label Chemikal Underground, and now use their own label Rock Action Records in the UK, and Sub Pop in North America. The band were frequently championed by John Peel from their early days......N'Joy

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx

The cosmic post-rock band Mogwai was formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1996 by guitarist/vocalist Stuart Braithwaite, guitarist Dominic Aitchison, and drummer Martin Bulloch, longtime friends with the goal of creating "serious guitar music." Toward that end, they added another guitarist, John Cummings, before debuting in March 1996 with the single "Tuner," a rarity in the Mogwai discography for its prominent vocals; the follow-up, a split single with Dweeb titled "Angels vs. Aliens," landed in the Top Ten on the British indie charts. Following appearances on a series of compilations, Mogwai returned later in the year with the 7" "Summer," and after another early 1997 single, "New Paths to Helicon," they issued Ten Rapid, a collection of their earliest material.

Around the time that Mogwai recorded the superb 1997 EP 4 Satin, former Teenage Fanclub and Telstar Ponies member Brendan O'Hare joined the lineup in time for the recording of Mogwai's debut studio LP, Mogwai Young Team. He exited a short time later -- returning to his primary projects Macrocosmica and Fiend -- to be replaced by Barry Burns. Mogwai next issued 1998's Kicking a Dead Pig, a two-disc remix collection; the No Education = No Future (Fuck the Curfew) EP appeared a few months later. In 1999, they released Come on Die Young. Rock Action arrived in early 2001. Late that year, Mogwai released the My Father, My King EP; two years later, they issued the ironically titled Happy Songs for Happy People. Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2004 arrived early in 2005.

Mr. Beast, which was released in 2006, found the band going in a softer, more reflective direction. Late that year, the band's collaboration with Clint Mansell on the soundtrack to The Fountain arrived; Mogwai also crafted the score for Douglas Gordon's Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, which was released in the U.K. in 2006 and in the U.S. the following spring. The Batcat EP, which featured a collaboration with garage-psych legend Roky Erickson, arrived in late summer 2008, heralding the release of The Hawk Is Howling -- which reunited the band with producer Andy Miller for the first time in a decade -- that fall. In 2010, Mogwai released their first live album, Special Moves, as a package with the Vincent Moon-directed concert film Burning.

Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will For 2011's Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, the band reunited with Young Team producer Paul Savage for a more streamlined set of songs. Later that year, they followed up with an EP of unreleased material from the Hardcore sessions, Earth Division, released on Sub Pop. Late in 2012, the band issued A Wrenched Virile Lore, a collection of Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will remixes. Early the following year, the first taste of their score to the French zombie TV series Les Revenants (which was based on the 2004 film of the same name) arrived as a four-song EP; in February 2013, the full-length album appeared.

Mogwai filled the rest of the year with recording their eighth proper album, Rave Tapes, at their Castle of Doom studio, live performances of their Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait score in Glasgow, Manchester, and London, and other live performances. Rave Tapes, which boasted a more streamlined and electronic direction than Mogwai's recent albums, was released in early 2014. Late that year, the band issued the Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1 EP, a collection of Rave Tapes remixes as well as new songs.

Cummings left the band in 2015 to work on his own solo projects. Mogwai's first release after his departure was 2016's Atomic, a collection of reworked tracks from their music for Mark Cousins' BBC 4 documentary Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise. They returned later that year with a number of compositions on the collaborative soundtrack for Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary about the impact of climate change, Before the Flood.

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx

Young Team, Mogwai's first full-length album fulfills the promise of their early singles and EPs, offering a complex, intertwining set of crawling instrumentals, shimmering soundscapes, and shards of noise. Picking up where Ten Rapid left off, Mogwai use the sheer length of an album to their advantage, recording a series of songs that meld together -- it's easy to forget where one song begins and the other ends. The record itself takes its time to begin, as the sound of chiming processed guitars and murmured sampled vocals floats to the surface. Throughout the album, the sound of the band keeps shifting, and it's not just through explosions of noise -- Mogwai isn't merely jamming, they have a planned vision, subtly texturing their music with small, telling details. When the epic "Mogwai Fears Satan" draws the album to a close, it becomes clear that the band has expanded the horizons of post-rock, creating a record of sonic invention and emotional force that sounds unlike anything their guitar-based contemporaries have created.

Mogwai - Young Team  (flac  372mb)

01 Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home 5:57
02 Like Herod 11:41
03 Katrien 5:24
04 Radar Maker 1:35
05 Tracy 7:19
06 Summer (Priority Version) 3:28
07 With Portfolio 3:10
08 R U Still In 2 It 7:20
09 A Cheery Wave From Stranded Youngsters 2:18
10 Mogwai Fear Satan 16:19

Mogwai - Young Team    (ogg  140mb)


Mogwai - Young Team Appendix  (flac  257mb)

01 Young Face Gone Wrong 2:58
02 I Don't Know What To Say 1:14
03 I Can't Remember 3:13
04 Honey 4:18
05 Katrien (Live) 5:31
06 R U Still In 2 It (Live) 8:01
07 Like Herod (Live) 7:53
08 Summer (Priority) (Live) 2:58
09 Mogwai Fear Satan (Live) 10:26

Mogwai - Young Team Appendix    (ogg  97mb)

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx

Mogwai get translated and abused in various ways in this collection of remixes. Whether it's industrial, dance, or something altogether left field, the 12 remixes on Kicking a Dead Pig take Mogwai to various new places, for better or worse. Klute's version of Summer is basically a breakbeat track, but one that is a credit to the genre. Kid Loco's remix of Tracy rocks like a live hiphop instrumental, but it's basically the orignal looped without words and with a pretty funky drum track laid over it. Max Tundra's take on Helicon 2 is worlds apart from the mellowed out original, starting off kind of a little too loud and scary before it goes sailing off into dreamland. The Hood remix of Like Herod, introduces interesting sonic shifts and gritty guitar dynamics, damn cool. Most other mixes here are pretty good.

Mogwai - Kicking A Dead Pig Mogwai Songs Remixed  (flac  343mb)

01 Like Herod (Hood Remix) 7:02
02 Helicon 2 (Max Tundra Remix) 7:20
03 Summer (Klute's Weird Winter Remix) 6:31
04 Gwai On 45 (Arab Strap Remix) 8:42
05 Cheery Wave From Stranded Youngsters (Third Eye Foundation Tet Offensive Remix) 5:10
06 Like Herod (Alec Empire's Face The Future Remix) 5:22
07 Mogwai Fear Satan (Surgeon Remix) 6:36
08 R U Still In To It? (DJ Q Remix) 8:23
09 Tracy (Kid Loco's Playing With The Young Team Remix) 8:32
10 Mogwai Fear Satan (Mogwai Remix) 9:55

Mogwai - Kicking A Dead Pig Mogwai Songs Remixed    (ogg 133mb)

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx

"Too much, too soon" is a tattered rock & roll cliché, but it continues to tell the tale of many young bands, such as Glasgow's acclaimed post-rock collective Mogwai. Usually, the phrase is hauled out to describe an intoxicated downward spiral by bands that had too much success all at once, but Mogwai suffered too much praise -- too many accolades from critics, too much reverence from underground hipsters. The singles compilation Ten Rapid and the debut Young Team deserved all the acclaim they earned, but a funny thing happened while Mogwai was recording their much-anticipated second album, ironically titled Come on Die Young -- the band went stale, producing a lethargic trawl through post-Slint and Sonic Youth territory. Where their free-form noise improvisations were utterly enthralling on their earlier records, the ebb and flow is entirely too familiar throughout Come on Die Young, largely because they follow the same pattern on each song. And each cut blends into the next, creating the impression of one endless track that teeters between deliberately dreamy crawls and random bursts of noise. Granted, that was the blueprint for Young Team, but there is little dynamism anywhere on Come on Die Young. Mogwai repeat the same riffs with the same inflection, never pushing themselves toward new sonic territory, yet never hitting a mesmerizing trance. It feels like a degraded photocopy of their earlier records -- it's possible to discern the initial spark that made them fascinating, but this current incarnation is too smudged and muddy to hold attention on its own terms. Perhaps Come on Die Young wouldn't have seemed as disappointing if it hadn't arrived on the wave of hype and expectation, but the truth is, it pales in comparison to their own work.

Mogwai - Come On Die Young  (flac  350mb)

01 Opening Titles 2:53
02 Arrival Of The Birds 2:38
03 The Dance 3:20
04 Soda 3:10
05 Hatching 5:11
06 Marabou 3:56
07 Exodus 7:17
08 Transformation 5:16
09 Hyena 1:48
10 Life Of The Bird 3:33
11 First Light 4:05
12 Crimson Skies 3:24

Mogwai - Come On Die Young   (ogg  106mb)

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx

No comments: