And it was really good. As you would expect. Jonsi’s voice and performance was perfect and beautiful. The full band sounded so awesome, the range of instrumentation was just exciting to see. Untitled 8 ending blew my mind as you would expect it to. The thing that really made the night for me strangely was the lighting and production design, the colours, lights, drapes, random flashing bulbs, perfectly crafted silhouettes, the short films and graphics that played, the atmosphere that the production design created was so cool. Dark reds and strange landscapes, warm browns and corn fields, deep blues and swimming underwater, rock faces, lighthouses, martians, apocalypse, whatever. I really can’t get over how beautiful the lay out of the stage was and how brilliant the whole band looked in black with their figures silhouetted in the half light. Music-wise I dunno what to say, they just sounded fantastic. It was an all round heart warming, cathartic, life affirming spectacle and experience.
Christmas Song - Mogwai
‘Perils From The Sea’ is the debut collaboration by The Album Leaf’s multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle and Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek. The project began on Sept 11, 2011, when Kozelek, a fan and acquaintance of LaValle, asked Jimmy to co-write a song. LaValle, a long time admirer of Kozelek’s work, said yes, and the track ‘What Happened To My Brother’ came together quickly. Pleased with the results, the two agreed to record an entire album. Kozelek and LaValle continued to work together over the following year, until ‘Perils From The Sea’ was completed. For the album LaValle chose a more minimalist approach to the music than The Album Leaf’s large sonic soundscapes. The lyrics to the song, ‘You Missed My Heart’, Kozelek says were inspired by a nightmare he had in an Ontario hotel room. Kozelek’s story-telling narratives playing against LaValle’s hypnotic synth sounds and drums beats should come as a pleasant surprise to fans, and should serve as a great introduction to those previously unacquainted with these prolific and acclaimed artists. “Sun Kil Moon & The Album Leaf” will play their debut concert at UE Festival, Dordecht, Holland May 11, and an additional show at Shepard’s Bush Empire, London, May 13.
Mogwai release the remix album A Wrenched Virile Lore today.
Go Quiet - Jonsi
Christ you guys don’t know how much I needed a bit of new Mogwai right now…
Thanks to http://noisedrock.tumblr.com/ for the tip off! Everyone go and follow him, he’s way better at this stuff than we are.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend Ascend
Double 12” with 7”. Front cover by Charles Andre Coderre.