Mogwai - Les Revenants

Mogwai’s spectral return to soundtracks

They keep you waiting this
Mogwai lot. It’s been seven
years since their last
soundtrack, to the 2006
documentary Zidane: A 21st
Century Portrait, and the
band follow a similar musical
thread for Les Revenants.
The opening cue hints a little
at things to come, but things
get interesting on the
following track, Jaguar. Here
we’re treated to an engaging
bass piano melody, and
subtle arrangement with
reversed noises and throbs;
it’s deceptively simple but
works well.

And on we tread, with slow
pace and sad piano or guitar
atmospherics, but not without
some uplifting moments too.
Mogwai stretch out on longer
cues, mastering the long build,
with drama coming from
steady but intense drones and
occasional strings. By track
nine there’s even a melody
reminiscent of a 60s
supernatural TV drama.

Mogwai themselves
might keep you waiting but,
musically, this does too.
Each track seems to set itself
up and then do little, just
slowly grinding its way into
your mind through stealthy
changes in musical
temperature. Having first
heard Les Revenants in the
car, it had played three times
over without anyone noticing,
and the star rating rose from
three to four. It’s a grower
– and a cunningly deceptive
one at that.  

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

Rock Action | ROCKACT 74 (CD / LP)

Reviewed by Jonny Trunk
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