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Mogwai – Young Team (1997)

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Mogwai – Young Team
Released 21 October 1997
Recorded MCM Studios, Hamilton, Scotland
Genre Post-rock, instrumental rock
Length 64:31
Label Chemikal Underground, Jetset
Producer Paul Savage, Andy Miller

Mogwai Young Team was recorded in Summer 1997 at MCM Studios (now known as Chem19 Studios) in Hamilton, Scotland, and was produced by Paul Savage and Andy Miller.

The album features extreme dynamic contrast between quiet and loud, a technique which Mogwai are well known for. It is largely instrumental, with one notable exception (“R U Still in 2 It”). It features limited instrumentation, consisting mainly of guitar, bass and drums, although other instruments can sometimes be heard throughout the album, such as glockenspiel (“Tracy”), piano (“Radar Maker”, “With Portfolio”, “A Cheery Wave from Stranded Youngsters”) and flute (“Mogwai Fear Satan”).

When questioned about his opinion on Mogwai Young Team, Mogwai guitarist Stuart Braithwaite said:

“ The album was a total disaster. We were young and naïve and had too little time. We should have said; “No, the record isn’t done until six months later.” Instead, we sat and mixed whole nights and felt bad. We didn’t talk to each other. When the album was released, we just wanted to forget everything. We were certain that all critics would pan it, honestly. After that, we understood that we had think stuff over that we recorded.”

Mogwai drummer Martin Bulloch has also given his thoughts on the album:

“ The recording of Young Team was fucked up. There were quite a lot of sketches going on. I think the whole of the first LP is angry. It was the mood of the whole thing – there was a lot of anger about.”

The LP also features a track written by the boy from the Arab Strap, Falkirk’s own Aidan Moffat!

Despite the members of Mogwai’s negative opinions about the album, Mogwai Young Team was listed as #97 on Pitchfork Media’s Top 100 Albums of the 1990s, and is considered their best by many listeners, including Kele Okereke of Bloc Party, who cited Mogwai Young Team as the record that changed his life.


Tracklisting

1. “Yes! I Am a Long Way from Home” – 5:57
2. “Like Herod” – 11:41
3. “Katrien” – 5:24
4. “Radar Maker” – 1:35
5. “Tracy” – 7:19
6. “Summer” (Priority version) – 3:28
7. “With Portfolio” – 3:10
8. “R U Still in 2 It” – 7:20
9. “A Cheery Wave from Stranded Youngsters” – 2:18
10. “Mogwai Fear Satan” – 16:19

All tracks written by Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison, Martin Bulloch, and John Cummings, except “R U Still in 2 It?”, lyrics by Aidan Moffat.

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Mogwai – Young Team

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August 28, 2008 Posted by | Aidan Moffat, Arab Strap, Mogwai, Music_Alternative, Music_PostRock, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Aidan John Moffat: I Can Hear Your Heart

Aidan John Moffat: I Can Hear Your Heart

A concept album of sorts from the former Arab Strap man.

Aidan Moffat is a man of many identities. Together with Malcolm Middleton, he formed the post-folk indie band Arab Strap until the end of 2006.

From 2005 on, Moffat has also recorded a few solo albums as L. Pierre (Lucky Pierre); using his own full name, Aidan John Moffat, he will soon publish I Can Hear Your Heart, an extraordinary project that is part book, part album.

Last but not least is Aidan Moffat & The Best-Ofs, bringing band members Stephen Jones and Stewart Henderson (ex-Delgados) to Crossing Border.


Tracklisting

01] intra and instructions 00:50
02] atmos 00:50
03] cunts 01:02
04] nothing in common 00:53
05] hopelessly devoted 00:29
06] super sexxxy real live 01:13
07] party at your boyfriends 01:01
08] monday. fantasy time 00:37
09] 4sex message 1 00:19
10] fuck it 01:06
11] good morning 01:50
12] all the love you need 00:53
13] you took well 01:20
14] international valentine 01:23
15] 4sex message 2 00:07
16] im not bitter 01:26
17] the boy that you love 01:53
18] a very short song 01:00
19] double justice 01:35
20] i will walk 01:57
21] beak 01:13
22] hungry heart 01:47
23] view from the kitchen 01:31
24] hilary and back 10:20

Thanks to bringmetheheads

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April 2, 2008 Posted by | Aidan Moffat, Arab Strap, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Aidan John Moffat: I Can Hear Your Heart

Aidan John Moffat: I Can Hear Your Heart

A concept album of sorts from the former Arab Strap man.

Aidan Moffat is a man of many identities. Together with Malcolm Middleton, he formed the post-folk indie band Arab Strap until the end of 2006.

From 2005 on, Moffat has also recorded a few solo albums as L. Pierre (Lucky Pierre); using his own full name, Aidan John Moffat, he will soon publish I Can Hear Your Heart, an extraordinary project that is part book, part album.

Last but not least is Aidan Moffat & The Best-Ofs, bringing band members Stephen Jones and Stewart Henderson (ex-Delgados) to Crossing Border.


Tracklisting

01] intra and instructions 00:50
02] atmos 00:50
03] cunts 01:02
04] nothing in common 00:53
05] hopelessly devoted 00:29
06] super sexxxy real live 01:13
07] party at your boyfriends 01:01
08] monday. fantasy time 00:37
09] 4sex message 1 00:19
10] fuck it 01:06
11] good morning 01:50
12] all the love you need 00:53
13] you took well 01:20
14] international valentine 01:23
15] 4sex message 2 00:07
16] im not bitter 01:26
17] the boy that you love 01:53
18] a very short song 01:00
19] double justice 01:35
20] i will walk 01:57
21] beak 01:13
22] hungry heart 01:47
23] view from the kitchen 01:31
24] hilary and back 10:20

Thanks to bringmetheheads

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April 2, 2008 Posted by | Aidan Moffat, Arab Strap, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | Leave a comment