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My Father, My King
Matador Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Earlier this year, Mogwai's Rock Action was released to eager listeners anticipating the next move from a band that is seen as both intensely enigmatic and, at times, downright hilarious.

Rock Action had a much more eclectic feel, and set a record of sorts in the Mogwai camp for song length- most of which remained under the five minute mark- and featured at least some form of vocal contribution on most of its tracks (a, purposely, highly underused "instrument" in their music). Gone were the obvious Slint-isms of their past releases (most notably, their excellent 1999 album Come On Die Young) for a more elaborate, orchestrated, and, at times, catchy David Fridmann-produced record.

At the advent of Rock Action's hype, we get My Father My King, which is a cover of an old Jewish hymn and a staple end song in Mogwai's live set. The single song clocks in seconds after the 20 minute mark, and was recorded by analog guru, and all around sinister man, Steve Albini.

To start, the song is scary. Described on the packaging as existing somewhere between death-metal and peaceful beauty, My Father comes across as being more of a triumph of burning terror; smoldering bit by bit, and shattering on completion. Albini's engineering was a good decision, on part of the band, in that it showcases the raw edge that was missing from Rock Action, utilizing a mason-like approach to its structure- a brick by brick layering of boiling feedback noises, snarling guitar parts, and subtle violin and cello.

My Father My King is a huge monster of a song in every sense of the word. It creeps and crawls in the dark for a while, and then jumps out to grab you when you least expect it, taking you back down to the bottom of the very pit which it seemed to climb up from.

Reviewed by Trevor Naud
Trevor Naud is a former staff writer for LAS and a former sex symbol and guitarist of the band Red Shirt Brigade. He currently plays music with South South Million and PAS/CAL.

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