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Classic Album Review: Mogwai | My Father My King

The Scottish post-rock guitar demons unfurl a monumental holiday instrumental.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


This new EP from Scottish post-rock guitar demons Mogwai is 20 minutes long. Anyone who has seen or heard their epic live shows should already be able to guess how many songs it contains.

For the newbies, the answer is, of course, one — one monumental instrumental undertaking that gradually, hypnotically evolves from a delicate, vaguely Zeppelinesque Middle Eastern melody into the usual sheets of interstellar white-noise majesty. More importantly and impressively, it manages to do so without losing your attention for a second. Judging by the title and prayer in the booklet, it’s sort of a Christmas song. Imagine, then, if you will, the sound of Jimmy Page free-floating into the heart of the Star of Bethlehem as it goes supernova. Anyone who has seen or heard Mogwai should already be able to.