Boomkat Product Review:
A bit of grandstanding romanticism from Scotland's finest, with sweeping chamber instrumentation favoured over guitar shredding. 'Get To France' is an unreconstructed bit of neo-classical music, though it has something of the sinister, occult cabaret vibe of Coil and Kreng about it too. 'Hound Of Winter' pursues a nice vision of country-soul, all downhome acoustic guitars, twinkling pianos and harmonica; when the strings enter from the wings, it's easy to see this as the Mogs' response to the time-honoured American orch-pop tradition, from Jimmy Webb on through to Jim O'Rourke. 'Drunk And Crazy' begins in a suitably dipso flurry of noise, pulsation and fury, but it's not long before the mannered strings are back, briefly conjuring the Peter Greenaway soundtracks of Michael Nyman. 'Does This Always Happen?' ends the EP in plaintive but life-affirming style, subtle guitar figures beautifully counterpointed by soaring cellos and violins. Mogwai are already seasoned film scorers (Zidane) and soundtrack contributors, but even so this is an interesting move from them, and wouldn't sound out of place accompanying some a high calibre art-house weepie. Well worth investigating.