Mogwai: Rave Tapes – [Record 46]
Rave Tapes is the eighth studio album by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, released on 20 January 2014 on Rock Action Records in the UK, and the following day in the USA on Sub Pop. The album was released on vinyl, CD, high resolution digital download and as part of a limited edition box set. In the first week of release the album charted at number 10 in the UK Album Charts and number 2 in the Scottish Album Charts.
1. Heard About You Last Night.
2. Simon Ferocious.
4. Hexon Bogon.
6. Master Card.
8. Blues Hour.
9. No Medicine for Regret.
10. The Lord is Out of Control.
Overview: On 5 August 2013 the band posted an image to Instagram with the caption “1st day in Castle Of Doom recording our new album.” On 28 October 2013 the track “Remurdered” was premiered on BBC Radio 6 Music and Soundcloud, and the track listing released. The band debuted six tracks from the album (“Heard About You Last Night”, “Master Card”, Blues Hour”, “The Lord is Out of Control”, “Hexon Bogon” and “Remurdered”) during a concert at Cambridge Junction on 28 November, a warm up for their appearance at the final ATP festival. Five days later, an official video for “The Lord is Out of Control” was posted on YouTube.
Critical reception: At Alternative Press, Robert Ham rated the album four stars out of five, and wrote that the musical sound was softening, which the band “are aging gracefully and brilliantly.” Joe Gross of Rolling Stone rated the album three-and-a-half out of five stars, and noted that “Many were born to rock; Mogwai were born to score.” Consequence of Sound called the band to likely “stand as the genre’s last immobile pillar” and listed “Remurdered” and “The Lord Is Out of Control” as essential tracks. Buzz & Howl wrote that Rave Tapes “isn’t so much a feverishly urgent collection as it is a contented, worthwhile keepsake” and noted that “krautrock subtly informs much of this album.”