Young Team album cover
Young Team

Mogwai

1997
Chemikal Underground

Mogwai’s initial singles and EPs helped establish them quickly though their evident love for Slint, while hardly unique, meant dealing with more than a little stick. But when their full-length debut Young Team arrived, the group had not only found their own voice but created a foundational album for post-rock types to follow. With scattered vocal samples and the occasional direct lyric throughout, the emphasis is on notable volume contrasts, arrangements both delicate and volcanic, and a real sense of creating soundtracks for nonexistent movies.

Ned Raggett

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