Mogwai are probably the most impressive band of last decade that came from Scotland. Although they released music that defined not only their career, but also a part of post-rock genre in late ’90s, they have never lost natural vigour or originality. Their latest effort, The Hawk Is Howling didn’t get typical acclaim (in contrast, my Slovak-written review was much more optimistic about the album and declared satisfaction with Mogwai’s direction, their powerful approach and increasing usage of melody), but still, in the terms of general music, it was a decent piece; Mogwai just experienced what does it feel to be on the top with similarly top expectations.
Rano Pano is completely fresh & new song that is taken as the first single from their seventh studio album (free download under this feature). Its introductory tones are surprisingly exact as if mathematically constructed (similarly to the exact rhyme in its name which is almost dada-istically absurd). What one may call bit pretentious, Rano Pano’s beginning reminds me numerous Johann Sebastian Bach’s preludes and fugues. No big rises in melody, no shocking changes in harmony, just a perfect motive that is the base for more than five minutes of the song. Despite this (possible) inspiration in baroque precision and punctuality, the rest are typically epic and emotionally-brutal Mogwai. Distorted guitars, reverberated basses, urging drums that preserve this well-calculated rigour. Although I can imagine the song to be longer and quite bigger, Rano Pano gives a good impression that 2011 will be also a year of Mogwai. Because, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will!