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Album Review: Every Country’s Sun by Mogwai

Scottish post-rock act Mogwai released their ninth studio album Every Country’s Sun on 1st September via Rock Action Records in the UK and Europe, Temporary Residence Limited in the US, and Spunk Records in Australia. Teaming up with Dave Fridmann, who produced Rock Action some 15 years previously, Every Country’s Sun feels like the quintessential Mogwai record.

As you’d expect from a Mogwai record it isn’t an album that gets the heart racing from the first listen, rather it’s something more gradual, something more majestic, something more than just a quick impact. Clocking in at 4 minutes shy of an hour, it’s not for the faint hearted but an album to take your time over, indulge it and devote serious listening time to it.

While it’s possible to dip into the album and enjoy tracks like ‘1000 Foot Face’, ‘Battered At a Scramble’, ‘Old Poisons’ and ‘aka 47’ you’d be doing the album a disservice. Listen to it as whole, devour all eleven tracks and revel in how they complement each other. Conversely, Mogwai have seeming mastered the immediate singles on ‘Coolverine’ and vocal led ‘Party in the Dark’. If you want to test the waters go in here, but we’d advise against it.

In what is their first proper album since 2014’s Rave Tapes it’s an album that eclipses the band’s soundtrack work. Quite the job considering how good Les Revenant, Atomic, and Zidane were. Stick it on and listen multiple times. With each listen you’ll find something new and fall in love all over again. Majestic.

AD Rating 8/10

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