Friday, February 25, 2011
MOGWAI: HARDCORE WILL NEVER DIE, BUT YOU WILL
You really have to stop what you're doing and listen for this one to make sense. The album title (I assume) is a tongue-in-cheek dig at fist-pumping hardcore loyalists. But on a deeper level, it's something I've thought about a lot. As in, "that bridge will be here in a hundred years, I won't." Mogwai's version is much funnier.
Like I said, the album's hard work to get into. It's attention seeking. A whirling daze of post-punk, atmospheric pressures and mostly-instrumental annunciations. Fuzzy distortion and feedback-infected, gentle dreaminess. Who else would write a (surprisingly) uplifting instrumental track with euphoric, orbital melodies and call it "White Noise"? Anything but.
It's a musical landscape, no... skyscape (spacescape?). And I'm sitting on the Board of Shaman's magic carpet with travel sickness, arguing with Tony Harrison...