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No words = no politics - that appears to be the crux of criticisms recently levelled against [a]Mogwai[/a]....

No words = no politics – that appears to be the crux of criticisms recently levelled against [a]Mogwai[/a]. Criticisms that, basically, miss the point by the space of a small continent, as testified to afresh by their Montreal kin [a]Godspeed You Black Emperor[/a]. For like last year’s album ‘f#a#(infinity)’, ‘Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada’ is pure emotional documentary, replacing grainy Super-8 with violin and glockenspiel, ditching facts and statistics for the rage of a man taped on a street in Providence. [I]Providence[/I], of all places. “For thus saith the Lord: The whole land shall be desolate yet I will not make a full end,” read the apocalyptic sleevenotes, taken from Jeremiah. “To attack someone’s mind is a social disorder,” says Blase Bailey Finnegan III, field recording and namesake of the second and final track on this record. For in Godspeed‘s worldview, everyone’s a marginal prophet.

Words, though, are beside the point – their lexicon of faith, misery, hope and tenacity is written in every glockenspiel chime, in each intimate drone, in the build and fade and build. Few words doesn’t mean nothing to say, and whether the fierce stringed defiance of ‘Moya’ or the ectoplasmic tape static of ‘BBF3’, they might sometimes go quiet, but they’re not going anywhere gently.

It’s impossibly beautiful music for plain impossible times. Yes, we are a long way from home. But here, in this low and lovely noise, is a place to keep you warm.