The track's video was created within the Unreal Games Engine by director Sam Wiehl, who has previously collaborated with Ladytron, Forest Swords and the Valentino fashion house, and created a small first-person multi-level computer game for the song, which then formed the animations and narratives for the video.
Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite says:
"'Ritchie Sacramento's' title came from a misunderstanding a friend of ours had about how to say Ryuichi Sakamoto.
"The lyrics were inspired by a story Bob Nastanovich shared about his friend and bandmate David Berman who proclaimed "Rise Crystal Spear" as he threw a shovel at a sports car.
"The song is dedicated to all the musician friends we've lost over the years."
The track follows previous single Dry Fantasy,
a celestial song built around a reverberating synth repetition.
The song is accompanied by a video directed by Vaj.Power which draws interspersing images of blossoming flowers with the gnarled surfaces of a distant planet.
As The Love Continues
(released 19th February 2021) was originally planned to be recorded in America, but the pandemic led to a relocation to Worcestershire and with producer Dave Fridmann
separated by an ocean and appearing like an Orwellian oppressor.
This pandemic necessity was quickly routine, it also bought them a little more time.
Unable to perform the album for the time being, Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite hopes the music can take you from somewhere different to where you are:
"Unless you are somewhere really amazing and then why are you listening to some weird music like this?"
Mogwai have advanced without a plan since they were teenagers, there have been no secretive meetings to work out the master plan.
It is rare to hear a band that has been going for this long and have this many great albums behind them - ten records in and still no disappointments or mistaken creative left turns.
You may know what to expect, but you will never get the same.
Both transcendent and surprising
, As The Love Continues
shows that Mogwai are still offering solace from the mundane, supplying the soundtrack to whatever movie you are making in your head.