Scottish quintet Mogwai practically wrote the textbook on slow-build, loud-soft-loud-soft, epic instrumental post-rockback in the mid-90’s. Now, on their new track “Wizard Motor,” they aren’t afraid to go off script.
Keeping it shockingly brief — under 5 minutes — the sinister minor-key track stays true to the band’s namesake; ‘Mogwai’ means “evil spirit” in Cantonese, and the band’s dark, brooding movements are ever-present on “Wizard Motor.” It begins with a dirge-like organ, then deftly grafts pristine sheets of switching electric guitars, gritty, trashed bass lines, cavernous toms and gated electronic snare samples before making an ominous full-stop exit, like a phantom disappearing into thin air. It’s a mature, retrained piece that leaves you wanting more, something that can’t often be said about common fare in the genre these days. Stream it below.
STREAM: Mogwai – “Wizard Motor”