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As The Love Continues

Rock Action

Released: 25th March 2021

Monorail Exclusive 2xLP Orange Vinyl, Limited to 500 with signed photo
Boxset with 2xLP+12" and Booklet (Sold Out)
2xCD (Sold Out)
The album was produced by Dave Fridmann (Mogwai, Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips) and features guests Atticus Ross (Nine Inch Nails) and Colin Stetson (saxophonist who has collaborated with Bon Ivor, Arcade Fire). Recorded at Vada Studios, England by Tony Doogan (Grey Dogs, Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian) with Fridmann in full remote control from the US.

Mogwai are family. The function of a local independent record shop, when it works, should be to champion your favourite local artists for the world and of course it's often reciprocal. Every time the group have a new release it's tempting to get misty eyed about the past, even more so now when the future is so uncertain. By the time Monorail opened Mogwai were already a world-conquering group of course but most of us in the shop go back with its members to way before that. We were lucky enough to see their afore-mentioned last big Glasgow show, so let's focus on the here and now; As The Love Continues.

Beginning with an obscure (to us) dialogue and heartbeat, Mogwai's Dave Fridmann-produced 10th album soon unfurls regally into a massive galaxy of sound. Blowing apart the space in front of it, Mogwai's music has never sounded so majestic, even optimistic in parts. While many of the tropes of the sub-genres they helped formulate traditionally are dark and doom-laden (drones, minor chord changes, clanging guitars, tense atmospheres ready to break), here the band manage to twist these elements into almost uplifting territory. A lot of this music flies, like on Here We, Here We, Here We Go Forever, where we're treated to what almost sounds like a towering, empowering guitar and beat cover of Chariots Of Fire. This is winning the most important contest of your life music. Mogwai's trademarks are still here of course - they're responsible for so many now-standard musical tricks of the trade - but there are moments were they transcend their furrow. Perhaps a lot of this is due to their increasing interest in film soundtrack-work and at other points like on Midnight Flit that sound like Disintegration era Cure, just pure emotive, cinematic, crucial music. As The Love Continues feels way bolder, way more empowered and invigorating when really it could have been a meditation on isolation and our pandemic-era. Instead it's music that speaks of the communal, of shared experiences and transcendence. They've always been like this of course, but this one feels different. Maybe it's what we need right now.

As The Love Continues is available on Monorail-Exclusive Orange Vinyl, Indies-Only Yellow Vinyl, Boxset, 2xCD and CD. The boys did good.