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Song of the Day (Movie Soundtracks): John Murphy – In The House – In A Heartbeat

Day 6. Attempting to stick to the two tunes per movie formula for now & choosing this absolutely huge piece of music from the introduction to 28 Days Later. In The House – In A Heartbeat is the kind of Post-Rock inspired thing which made this film stand out. Ostensibly an action film about zombies, the soundtrack & the acting gave 28 Days Later a distinct & contemporary (2002) vibe. The pretty melody building up into the intense, loud section is textbook Post-Rock & I remember wondering if this was a new Mogwai tune when I first saw the movie.

No lyrics for this one as the tune is 100% instrumental. Here’s some screenshots from the section of the film which this tune plays during.

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Song of the Day (The Chain): Mogwai – Cody

Day 8. From the swirling psychedelics of The Flaming Lips to the stark Post-Rock soundscapes of Mogwai. The connection between yesterday’s Flaming Lips song & todays is that they were both produced by the same producer, Dave Fridmann.

Cody is the title track (via acronymisation) of Mogwai’s fan favourite second studio album, Come On Die Young. Cody is a slow, melancholic track. One of the few Mogwai tracks to feature lead vocals, Cody has an almost narcotic beauty.

Of all I knew, I held too few 
And would you stop me, if I try to stop you? 

Old songs stay ’til the end 
Sad songs remind me of friends 
And the way that it is, I could leave it all 
And I ask myself, would you care at all? 

When I drive alone at night, I see the streetlights as fairgrounds 
And I tried a hundred times to see the road signs as Day-Glo 

Old songs, stay till the end 
Sad songs, remind me of friends 
And the way that it is, I could leave it all 
And I ask myself, would you care at all?

Old songs, stay till the end 
Sad songs, remind me of friends 
And the way that it is, I could leave it all 
And I ask myself, would you care at all?

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Song of the Day (A-Z): Mogwai – Party In The Dark

Day 16 (P). Predominately instrumental Post-Rock pioneers Mogwai trying their hand at psychedelic Dream-Pop. This is Mogwai at their most playful & seems to me to suggest shades of latter day Slowdive & (pretty much any period) New Order. Taken from their 2017 album, Every Country’s Sun, Party In The Dark came out just as my own band, Nauseous Skies, was forming & was a huge influence on our sound. We included it in our playlist of reference material we gave to the engineer when we recorded our debut singles, Only Shadows and Stay Young.

I see everything
All their suffering
Tiny vehicles
Space-age miracles

All our hearts were sore
No fight left in this war
Before the ghostly chase
All those that rearrange

I, taken from those spirals be both kind
Hungry for another piece of mind
Silent and impatient without time
Directionless and innocent

Wards are ours to keep
Definition free
Unkind and alone
End of the idea

I, taken from those spirals be both kind
Hungry for another piece of mind
Silent and impatient without time
Directionless and innocent

I, taken from those spirals be both kind
Hungry for another piece of mind
Silent and impatient without time
Directionless and innocent

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Red Light Skyscraper – Take Me Somewhere Nice (Mogwai Cover – played on smartphone apps)

During lockdown, Italian instrumental Post-Rock group Red Light Skyscraper, separated by quarantine, have recorded this excellent cover of the Mogwai classic Take Me Somewhere Nice. It’s quite amazing, especially considering the limitations of these apps.

Elsewhere on their YouTube channel, Red Light Skyscraper have been killing time in quarantine by making this brilliant cover of Quiet by This Will Destroy You. The idea this time is that the recording is composed of just 1% performance & 99% editing. It sounds great.

Before I saw this performance on a Facebook group I’m a member of (The Post-Rock Appreciation Society), I was unfamiliar with Red Light Skyscraper’s work. After watching a fe of their videos I am definitely a fan now. I’ll be keeping an eye on them, going forward. Check out this excellent performance recorded in Bristol, 2019.

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