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.