Boomkat Product Review:
Given the current fetish for piano-draped music, it comes as no real surprise that everyone's favourite post-rockers have decided to draw upon the ivories and the considerable talents of Craig Armstrong for new single 'Friend of the Night'. What might be a surprise is the jaw dropping intensity they have coaxed from the little begger; integrating it with astonishing force, whilst blasted from all sides with the kind of emotionally fractured post-rock that has characterized their career. Never seeming reliant on the box of tricks which oft plagues the genre, Mogwai have saturated their composition with shoegaze ambitions and size 9 rock boots; ditching any notion of the quiet-loud-quiet-LOUD schematic and instead engendering a gradual unfurl that peaks with eye-water intensity, matching world-weary solipsism with reflective grace and muscular polemic. Backed up by 'Fresh Crown' (wheezing accordion and scattered percussion) and '1% of Murder' (Kevin Shields-blitzed squall rock), Mogwai have made an aural stand that will be further cemented on their forthcoming LP. Just don't feed them after midnight, eh?