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Post Rock/Math rock

3.55 | 111 ratings

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3 stars Mainly born in North America, the intricate shimmering textures of minimalistic expressions and grandiose feelings, generally known as post-rock, would definitely settle in Europe and reach a surprisingly massive praise with Mogwai. While adding some vague experimental ideas, their music is almost a reminiscent hymn to Slint, from the thrilling perambulation of "Yes! I am a Long Way from Home" to the particularly evident "Like Herod", almost as if we could take it from "Spiderland" - a sophomore evolution of painfully subtle guitars leading to abrasive chaotic explosions. In "Katrien" we assist even to the narrative effect in the background. It's in "Tracy" that the album reaches its cathartic beauty, here yes something new, a dreamy landscape of guitars and electric piano with a background of distant, felt guitars, a style perhaps opening ideas to the post-rock icons Sigur Rós. Guitars in the depressive "R U Still in 2" evoke Sonic Youth's most subtle passages (while adding the first voices to the album), as in the last track, the 16-minute noise-rock ode "Mogwai Fear Satan", one of the finest, with traces of evolving beauty found with the add of an ethereally-played flute.

Not the revolution or the most impressive moving feeling found in post-rock, but still, with its sparse unique details and quite achieved sensibility, a charismatic post-rock album. Between good and excellent addition.

TRoTZ | 3/5 |


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