The Revenants – Mogwai

If you are looking for a scary guitar band to score your TV series about the dead returning to life then I reckon Mogwai would be near the top of a very short list. You would be wrong if you thought this was some creepy, bumps and scares soundtrack, this is a beautiful album full of quiet, subtle pieces. In order to get the full experience of this album, and without owning the French TV series, I watched an episode of The Walking Dead (US zombie TV series) with the sound off and played this album as a surrogate soundtrack (I would call myself a free spirit and an experimentalist, others would say I have too much time on my hands). It worked quite wonderfully and now I can’t wait to see the actual visuals that it was written for. Early stand-out tracks at the moment are Hungry Face and Kill Jester.
Hidden gem; Relative Hysteria, imagine Eric Satie played on Fenders and Gibsons, beautiful.
Micro review; I can’t stop playing this album at the moment, the best soundtrack to a French zombie TV series I have ever heard.
An aside; Now I really need to see this TV series.

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Happy Songs For Happy People – Mogwai

Trying to decide what to listen to today for our road trip through Kentucky and Tennessee. I tried everything Americana (whatever that is supposed to mean), Alt Country, blues. In the end I stumped for a bunch of Scotsmen playing moody guitar symphonies, I don’t know, but it made sense. How can something so beautiful be produced by the same culture that gave us The Krankies (I always get a queasy feeling whenever I see the Krankies on TV).
I really like this album, especially some of the titles, I Know You Are but What Am I? being one of the best titles ever. Another great title is Hunted by a Freak, it is also a great track and sounds amazing today as we wind our way through the Tennessee mountains, on our way to Kentucky.
Micro review; Loud, quiet, louder, quieter