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Editors’ Notes

Nearing two decades of musical exploration, Scotland’s Mogwai could remix their catalog and create new albums that would blow away any competition. But they're musicians foremost; writing, jamming, crafting, and modifying their music is what they do. Rave Tapes is a gorgeous, if surprisingly sedate, look at what time in their Castle of Doom recording studios yielded in 2013, at a time when they’d completed their delicious score for the French TV show Les Revenants and were performing their music for Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. This emphasis on incidental music led their own album into cathartic yet sweetly mild tracks such as “Deesh” and “Remurdered,” where the sense of danger is matched with a symmetry and harmony that keeps the music beautiful from end to end. “Repelish” humorously dovetails modest power chords with some square narration regarding the once-perceived “satanism” of Led Zeppelin’s music. On “Master Card,” Mogwai raise the tempo and the guitar riffs for a track unlike much else on Rave Tapes.

Customer Reviews

An exciting new sound for Mogwai...

...but even talking about muse in these reviews is distasteful and irrelevant. Can't we just enjoy an album as its own being in and of itself? Ya blew it, plebs.

New Sound

I like the sound of this album but I miss the soul the songs had in their previous records.


A beautiful extension of one of mogwai's many tendrils.

I love this and have felt it overdue... But the wait makes it better.

Sounds so much better than Muse ever could.


Formed: 1996 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The cosmic post-rock band Mogwai were formed in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1996 by guitarist/vocalist Stuart Braithwaite, guitarist Dominic Aitchison, and drummer Martin Bulloch, longtime friends with the goal of creating "serious guitar music." Toward that end, they added another guitarist, John Cummings, before debuting in March 1996 with the single "Tuner," a rarity in the Mogwai discography for its prominent vocals; the follow-up, a split single with Dweeb titled "Angels vs. Aliens," landed in the...
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