Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Mogwai is a "post-rock"/progressive band from Scotland, which is a really undescriptive description. It's rather gentle drawn out music based around a single theme for each song. Post rock is to rock what new-age is to folk -- some new age, particularly the more ambient stuff, is drawn out and rather gentle, changing in sound and pattern over time. That's what Mogwai's music is, only with electric guitars and the like - and instrumental. Nice background music.
For the most part Mogwai is made up of electric guitars and drums - little to no vocals (I have most of their songs and there's only a handful of songs with vocals). Even the fastest song is still quite slow by most standards. The songs tend to be very atmospheric and slowly evolve and progress, like trance music.
My favorite songs are those that have some kind of hook and those that build and build, slowly layering on the guitars until they burst.
Some key favorite songs:
New Paths to Helicon, part II (Government Commissions version)
Ratts of the Capital
Burn Girl Prom Queen
You Don't Know Jesus
Waltz for Aidan