Famed post-rock outfit Mogwai has been undergoing some pretty big changes on their last few albums, and it’s lead to some hits and some misses. However, I’ve never known a band like Mogwai to fold under the pressure of critical reception, and the band’s next album could make for a pretty controversial move for them considering how surprising this first track to drop from it is. “Remurdered” takes the same slow-burning approach one would expect from a Mogwai song, but the band’s sound here is heavily reliant on synths! It’s a pretty big change from the usual layers of guitars that tend to lead the way, but I’m not really finding this track any less interesting from a compositional standpoint, honestly.
This track comes from Mogwai’s forthcoming album on Sub Pop Records titled Rave Tapes. The album is looking at a January 21st release! Enjoy!
For the fourth episode of their “Empty Space” series, La Blogothèque and Converse invited Icelandic post-rock outfit Sigur Rós to perform a song in a cave “somewhere under Paris.” The trio was accompanied by a string, brass, and percussion ensemble and performed the soaring Kveikur cut “Hrafntinna.” The cave’s acoustics make the piece sound even more enormous and breathtaking. Enjoy!
Kveikur is out now via XL Recordings. Watch our quick review of it here:
Japanese post-math-rock group toe release the title track off of their upcoming EP on Topshelf Records. Topshelf is a fitting home for these guys, as their jangling clean guitars are reminiscent of the label’s “twinkly” sound. However, where Topshelf’s usual fare is indebted to the thump of punk rock, toe use drums as a rolling underbelly to the guitars, an undulating ocean for the beams of sun to interact with. toe is touring the US for the first time ever this fall, check for them in your nearest city. Enjoy!
Try out this new, sophomore full-length from experimental rock act Black Heart Rebellion. It’s got an interesting blend of sounds that I think will appeal to a lot of different music fans.
This collection of tracks not only have the quaint, atmospheric qualities of dream pop and folk, but there’s a clear appreciation for heavy and epic sounds as well. There’s no doubt that members of the Black Heart Rebellion dig on metal and post-rock, but it’s how they bring all these things together that makes this album so interesting. Enjoy!