ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#4] Mogwai By
Happy Songs For Happy People
Celebrated rock critic
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
Scotland's Mogwai have always taken this to heart, evolving with all the rapidity
of a well-fed tot. But fans of Mogwai's 2001 release, Rock Action, are going to
be surprised at their kid's growth squirt. Jettisoning vocals and practically
renouncing beats, Mogwai latest incarnation more closely resembles Icelandic channeling
victims Sigur Ros or chamber rock band Godspeed You Black Emperor! The first half
of Happy Songs . . . is a yawning void of fog drenched fields and misty
gorges, created by beautifully ethereal guitar and simple piano treatments. "Ratts
of the Capital" finally finds a groove with Mogwai recalling post-rockers
Tortoise. "Golden Porsche" follows suite, a sparse downward piano melody
bordered by violins, muted drums and sampled ocean waves. It may not "rock,"
but Happy Songs . . . sure soothes the savage beat.