mogwaihardcore will never die, but you will
    • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2011

    • Posted by: Matt Howard

    Scottish, post-rock, five-piece Mogwai is set to release their seventh studio album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, on February 15. Their most recent endeavor had been the live recording of three performances at Brooklyn's The Music Hall of Williamsburg, entitled Special Moves. Mogwai is known for their power of elicitation. Pied Pipers sporting electrical instruments, they lure listeners into a sonic stupor.

    While Mogwai's earliest albums had forced us into trance through the deformation of flow and confusion, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will does so in a gentler fashion. Their lack of obedience to general order is forgotten. Instead, we are gradually introduced to individual instruments as they tell their stories. A particular mindset must be adopted prior to your first Mogwai experience. A multi-sensory experience is what they provide. Often lacking vocals, their tracks heighten your ability to recognize, often unnoticed, musical characteristics.

    The opening track, "White Noise", offers listeners a wondrous welcome into Mogwais dream. Gently hypnotizing, the songs gradual increase in pace invokes listeners' anticipation to explore deeper. As the album advances, each track acts as a new episode. Introduced by heavily distorted guitar, "Rano Pano" is a truly psychedelic journey. The album closes with interestingly named, "You're Lionel Ritchie". Four minutes of mild, harmonizing strings is interrupted by powerful participation of all band members, and it clearly signifies the end of the voyage.

    At first glance, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, will surely hesitate those unfamiliar with Mogwai. It's difficult to comprehend how a track entitled "Letters To The Metro" could possess any narrative characteristics without lyrical guidance. But once all preconceptions are disregarded, Mogwai provides an epic, transcendental understanding of music as a whole.

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