Mogwai – Every Country's Sun - 2017 Post Rock - Sealed 180 Grm 2LP
Mogwai – Every Country's Sun
Temporary Residence Limited – TRR291LP
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, 180g
08 Sep 2017
A2 Party In The Dark
A3 Brain Sweeties
B1 Crossing The Road Material
B2 Aka 47
B3 20 Size
C1 1000 Foot Face
C2 Don't Believe The Fife
D1 Battered At A Scramble
D2 Old Poisons
D3 Every Country's Sun
Produced At – Tarbox Road Studios
Mixed At – Tarbox Road Studios
Mastered At – Abbey Road Studios
Published By – Tomorrow Hits Publishing
Published By – Kobalt Music Publishing
Recorded At – Castle Of Doom Studios
Design, Illustration – DLT (3)
Mastered By – Frank Arkwright
Producer [Assistant], Mixed By [Assistant] – Matt Estep
Producer, Mixed By – Dave Fridmann
Written-By, Performer – Mogwai
Includes MP3 download.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Scanned (Stickered)): 656605329116
Barcode (Printed (Stickered)): 6-5660532911-6
( Pitchfork) " On Every Country’s Sun, their ninth LP, Mogwai find their center of gravity. Finally, these Glaswegians are having fun again, loosening up and dirtying up, but with purpose and fire.
You wouldn’t know this from the record’s lead singles. “Coolverine” and the rare vocal track “Party in the Dark” reprise many of the same themes from Mogwai’s recent records: chilly, midtempo electronics and New Order art-rock, respectively. “Party in the Dark,” however, is a raging success—an indie pop gem that fulfills the promise of the similarly shoegazey “Teenage Exorcists,” from the 2014 EP Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. Guitarist Stuart Braithwaite’s vocals have never sounded more nakedly melodic.
But ultimately these tracks are textbook late-period Mogwai: distant, pensive, electro-curious but noncommittal. And this is true of much of the album’s first third. “Brain Sweeties” plods ambivalently through waves of scorched-earth synths and pounding drums, while “aka 47” bleeps and bloops its way into dystopian oblivion. Elsewhere, however, Mogwai sound like a new band, and in a sense they are: Now a quartet after the 2015 departure of longtime guitarist John Cummings, the band is leaner and meaner. “Battered at a Scramble” devolves into a pitched dogfight between a screeching organ, a fuzzed-out bass, and a rambling guitar solo, everything shoved far into the red—Mogwai’s version of the Velvet’s “Sister Ray.” “Old Poisons,” meanwhile, is a white-hot slab of pummeling noise-rock that recalls Mogwai at their most youthful and insouciant.
It’s tempting to chalk up this newfound band-in-the-room energy to the return of an old friend behind the boards. Dave Fridmannproduced and mixed Every Country’s Sun, the first time he’s worked with Mogwai since 2001’s Rock Action. And like that record, Sun is rich and warm and huge. “20 Size” is a single, shimmering hunk of resonant sound: Its electric guitars are close and real enough to touch, and the drums, too, are massive (this is a Fridmann record after all). Drummer Martin Bulloch is a guiding force throughout, pushing the pulsing title track to one of the most toweringly mournful conclusions in Mogwai’s recorded career.
Over the last decade, Mogwai have been dogged by the same essential questions: Have they managed, in any meaningful way, to move beyond the genre-defining guitarmageddons that defined their first records? And if so, have they said anything genuinely interesting? The answers are yes and yes, generally speaking. But the real question for any band two decades into their career—certainly one so closely associated with a singular sound—isn’t what they play but how they play it. And for at least half of their new record, Mogwai play—for the first time in years—with the same bratty conviction that defined their greatest records, like there’s something truly at stake. At its best, Every Country’s Sun is brash, gritty, unpretentious, and thrillingly claustrophobic—a work of volume and violence in tight spaces."
|Format||2LP, 180 Gram|
|Label||Rock Action Records|