Album Review – Mogwai – Atomic (Rock/Alternative)

Mogwai-AtomicBy Michael Smith– 4/5 Dragons
From May 2016 Vandala Magazine 

On this latest release from the band fans will notice a departure from the sound the group created on 2014’s Rave Tapes and a return the heavily layered and dizzying environment, similar to 2003’s masterpiece Happy Songs For Happy People. Theoretically Atomic is a soundtrack of reworked selections from the BBC’s documentary Storyville-Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise, however, like the band’s previous soundtrack work, the music is strong enough to be its own entity. The tracks on this release waste little time before breaking in an anxious sonic fury of doom ridden excellence. Listeners are taken on an ominous journey, through space, kicking off with the track “Ether” instilling a sense of pride and hope, before transforming, almost immediately with the synth heavy calamity of “SCRAM”. Now listeners ride knowing something (exciting) anxiety knowing something has gone wrong, and the powerful sense you are not making it home. That anticipation is tenacious, and provide outlets to all sorts of emotional of portals.

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