MOGWAI – Released Their Innovative Debut Album ‘YOUNG TEAM’ 20 Years Ago Today…

Going back in sonic history…

27 October 2017

Band: MOGWAI (Scotland)
Album: YOUNG TEAM – debut LP
Released: 27 October 1997 – 20 years ago today…
All Music wrote: “Mogwai’s first full-length album fulfills the promise of their early
singles and EPs, offering a complex, intertwining set of crawling instrumentals, shimmering soundscapes, and shards of noise. Picking up where Ten Rapid left off, Mogwai use the sheer length of an album to their advantage, recording a series of songs that meld together — it’s
easy to forget where one song begins and the other ends. The record itself takes its time to begin, as the sound of chiming processed guitars and murmured sampled vocals floats to the surface. Throughout the album, the sound of the band keeps shifting, and it’s not just through explosions of noise — Mogwai isn’t merely jamming, they have a planned vision, subtly texturing their music with small, telling details. When the epic “Mogwai Fears Satan” draws the album to a close, it becomes clear that the band has expanded the horizons of post-rock, creating a record of sonic invention and emotional force that sounds unlike anything their guitar-based contemporaries have created.”

My experience: the first time I heard this powerhouse and the first time I saw them live (Brussels, 1997) they blew me off my feet with their hypnotic noise escapades. Nothing less than a stunning experience!

The striking sonic symphony in full…

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The young team, a bit older today…

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