Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Releases, Rock — November 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Review: Mogwai – A Wrenched Virile Lore


Artist Name: Mogwai
Title Name: A Wrenched Virile Lore
Label: Rock Action Records/ Love Da Records (SEA distribution)
Reviewed by: Indran Paramasivam

The existence of the remix in the ever-evolving canon of rock, guitar-based music is a curious phenomenon. Why meddle with the dynamics of an already perfect song? An already perfect rock song, at that. A benevolent mix of ingenuity and craft has led to the perfect arrangement of guitar, bass, drum and vocal tracks. Why then, engage in risky superfluities?

The sentiments expressed above belong to a Rockist Luddite, of course. Creative augmentation of any kind is the reason for the existence of music in the first place. Earlier, I mentioned the perfect song. The italics only serve to affirm that this is a dangerously limiting and, ultimately, fallacious idea. Music has, to a large extent, been free of power politics and that hallowed order should be maintained. For grounding on all these points and more, we can turn to A Wrenched Virile Lore, a remix of Mogwai’s lastest LP, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (2011).

Hardcore was an immaculately crafted work, a glorious reaffirmation of their sonic modus operandi: sledgehammer riffs coalesced with lilting melodies to produce a sound that was alternately powerful and serene, resplendent in its completion but also emphatic in the longing it articulated. A Wrenched Virile Lore, however, is an entirely different product. The songs that inhabit the track list of Hardcore are not so much deconstructed as they are reconstituted into fresh, new wholes that pay reverential homage to the original recording, revising them in engagingly stylish ways. Being a remix album, heady, syncopated sounds populate the old world of Hardcore. Observing the transformation of Hardcore into reverb-drenched stylings is one of the many rewards promised by this new release.

On the pile driver jam, with the track “San Pedro”, expect to encounter an equally leveling sound that compliments the chilly environs of the next track, “Too Raging to Cheers”. Both these songs were the most emblematic of the Mogwai ‘sound’ on Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. Likewise, they are a testament to how sonically diverse A Wrenched Virile Lore, proving that it sits on a throne of its own design.

Mogwai’s latest release A Wrenched Virile Lore is now released and distributed by Love Da Records





Mogwai – San Pedro (The Soft Moon Remix)