Mogwai have, once again, produced an amazing record. Want to read our verdict on it?
Despite (or perhaps because of) the current proliferation of anemic instrumental groups, post-rock is hardly the most fashionable of genres as we enter 2011 and, after the lukewarm reception to the excellent (at least to these ears) ‘The Hawk Is Howling’ Mogwai represent a band who are, perhaps, under pressure to deliver; certainly, the decision to team up with producer Paul Savage for the first time since their debut ‘Young Team’ would suggest a desire to rekindle former glories but, in ‘Hardcore…’, the band have produced a resolutely forward-thinking record. Sure, this is manifestly a Mogwai record but at the same time, it doesn’t really sound like anything in their extensive back catalogue. Take ‘Mexican Grand Prix’ for example, which refracts the spirit of latter-day Neu! through a prism of Caledonian melancholy, or the driving bassline and warped (but almost anthemic) vocals of the brilliantly titled ‘George Square Thatcher Death Party’. And while the true quality of this album will only become apparent a few months down the line – even its loudest moments, such as ‘San Pedro’, remain melodically complex – it’s still apparent that Mogwai have, once again, produced a record of astonishing subtlety.