Mogwai – ‘Rave Tapes’ (Rock Action/Sub Pop). Release Date: 20/1/2014. Louder Than War’s Simon Tucker sheds some light on ‘Rave Tapes’ the forthcoming eighth studio album from post-rock legends, Mogwai, a band, who by rights, need little introduction. Mogwai are one of those rare bands in the UK that are consistent in the quality of their output and who are in a constant state of evolution
Rave Tapes, the band's eighth album outside of their soundtrack and remix work, has been built up for its increased use of electronics, with a debt partially owed to the vintage synth scores that have held a sustained (and seemingly ever-increasing) influence over a huge swathe of underground artists. The first song to be released from the album, "Remurdered", certainly hinted that analog sounds would form a more rigorous backbone to their music than before, although they've been dabbling in this area since Rock Action in 2001. In truth, "Remurdered" is something. This is the second Mogwai album in less than a year, following their creepy 2013 soundtrack to the French TV show Les Revenants. That album is among the most introspective work they've ever recorded-no mean feat for a band so inward facing-and it's a tone they've only modestly advanced on for Rave Tapes.
Rave Tapes was produced by Mogwai and Paul Savage, and the song "Remurdered" was uploaded to the Rock Action and Sub Pop SoundCloud pages at the time of the announcement. The album entered the UK album charts at N. 0 and as of April 2014 was the best selling UK album released in 2014 in terms of vinyl An EP titled Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. on Rock Action was released on 1 December 2014 featuring three new tracks from the Rave Tapes sessions, along with three remixes of tracks from that album by Blanck Mass, Pye Corner Audio and Nils Frahm
Rave Tapes (LP, Album + 7", S/Sided + Ltd). ROCKACT80CDJ, HSE-30324. Rave Tapes (CD, Album). Rock Action Records, Hostess Entertainment Unlimited.