Rave Tapes

One of my favorite, though often forgotten genres is post-rock. I love it, unfortunately it is hard to find any good bands in the Christian scene. The only two I can think of off the top of my head are A Hope For Home and This Patch of Sky. It is much easier to find indie rock, hardcore  and/or pop music. So, when I started looking for ones elsewhere one of the first that popped up was Mogwai.  Mogwai began back in 1996 in Glasgow, Scotland.  It was not until their latest albm Rave Tapes that I stumbled onto them while browsing Amazon.

Mogwai could be compared to a mixture of Daft Punk and an instrumental Chevelle though, even that doesn’t quite fit them.

On Rave Tapes, Mogwai blends heavily distorted guitars with danceable electronic beats.  There are very little to no vocals on all songs on Rave Tapes.  As a new listener I am just starting to dive into the fullness of this album.  The album throughout has a distinctly epic flavor that can be felt on this record. It feels bigger then it really is and begins to take on a life of its own. “Remurdered” is probably one of my favorite songs off of this record due to its uneasy out balance blend of post-rock and dance music.  The whole album feels as if it should be the soundtrack to a conspiracy movie.  Rave Tapes is a beautiful, dark ride that is really cool to listen to.

This album is amazing for any post-rock fan who wants to see the genre move forward.

Rave Tapes by Mogwai is really refreshing to listen to since it seems all that the majority of artists are just rip-offs of Lady Gaga and other pop singers.  This album is not trendy, which some may say makes it cool, I just say it is darn good music to listen to.  I look forward to sharing more of my experiences in secular music as Christcore moves forward.

Brian Morrissette