Post-rock never sounded so good—and by “good” we mean “loud”
In the case of Mogwai’s debut full-length, Young Team, the emotional picture is a powerfully bleak one. The 12-minute track “Like Herod” introduces a sleepy, rolling guitar figure, which later erupts into a screeching opus of distorted, cresting guitar blasts. Such dynamic contrasts offer the record’s most riveting moments, but the band is careful not to blunt their effectiveness with overuse.
Expect to hear echoes of My Bloody Valentine in Mogwai’s ferocious
guitar washes, and—just like Kevin Shields’ contributions to the Lost In Translation
soundtrack—the moody ambience of tracks like “Summer” will show you a
rain-slick street reflecting back every shade of big-city neon your
imagination can deliver. In addition to a remastered version of the
original record, this important reissue package includes a nine-track
bonus CD that will leave you gobsmacked by how expertly the band
reproduces its epic sound on stage.