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Post Rock/Math rock

3.91 | 154 ratings

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4 stars Post rock for everyone

I've been looking for a good post rock album for a while, but since I'm not a big fan of the genre, most of records I listened to seemed boring to me. I instinctively knew that something in this music really appeals to me, but most often I couldn't wade through these endless slow passages of repetitive sounds. With Mogwai's HAPPY SONGS FOR HAPPY PEOPLE I finally understood what is so beautiful in post rock.

First of all, what is very conspicuous about the genre is musician's attitude to titles. Despite the music is most often instrumental, the titles are there on purpose and they slightly change listener's approach to the tracks. Most often the titles are ironic, disturbing, absurd and funny - that's the case of HSHP too. These songs are not happy, they're not optimistic. The mood of this record could be described as deeply melancholic but it is complex enough to fall outside any definition. Mogwai managed to pick the best elements out of post rock convention, create genre defining album and to lend it an atmosphere of uncanniness.

This music is heavy emotion provoking piece of art, really, so if you don't want to feel melancholic don't listen to it. If you would like to feel a pure emotion deep inside your heart though, you should check this album.

Style and composition:

- Instrumental post rock.

- Evolutionary composition.

- Understated playing.

- Subtle electronic additions.

Moods: Soothing, melancholic, at times disturbing, relatively diverse atmosphere.

Highlight: Ratts Of The Capital, Hunted By A Freak

bartosso | 4/5 |


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