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Monday 01 March 2021

As The Love Continues: Mogwai Celebrate First Number One With Transcendent & Surprising New Album

Twenty-five years on from the release of the band's debut single, Mogwai's tenth studio album As The Love Continues opened at number one on the UK Official Albums Chart, their first chart topping album.




Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite said: 

"It is 25 years this week we released our first single 'Tuner/Lower', the first release on our own label Rock Action Records. 

"We didn't start the band or the label to get into the charts. None of us ever envisaged either the band or the label being in a position where having a Number One record would be a possibility.

"We started the label with a loan of £400 from my now-brother in law. Martin's folks generously helped us out by paying for the studio to record the songs. 

"We were just kids that wanted to make an amazing noise and get our record played on John Peel. Amazingly John did play the record, and one thing led to another to get us to the point we're at now. 

"It's been an incredible journey making music together over the last quarter century, taking us to places we never dreamed of and getting to play our music to more people than we ever imagined."

Supported by quietly melodic vocals, Ritchie Sacramento, the new single from the tenth studio album, As The Love Continues, oscillates between moments of tranquility and disorder.

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 surprisingAs 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.

by: Mike Cobley




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