Mogwai
Les Revenants OST


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
March 1st, 2013 | 16 replies


Release Date: 02/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the most original sounding scores for a zombie-themed medium in years.

While most television shows, movies, and video games centered on the living dead are set after a zombie Armageddon in a post-apocalyptic world that follows, French television show Les Revenants takes place in a world where the dead have risen from the graves, but society has not crumbled or even come to a halt. The show is a spin on the idea of what the dead will do if they come back. As opposed to devouring the population, they try to resume their lives as the normal citizens they once were, and end up facing the inevitable despair and anguish to come with the hardships of adjusting and adapting to a world now foreign to them, and one in which they are viewed as anything but normal at that.

This makes post-rock definers Mogwai all the more suited to compose an original score to this show rather than the metal music that commonly goes along with most zombie-related mediums, as Mogwai are well known for their deliberate compositions and experimental mentality that are both attributes akin to the unconventional premise of the show and the drawn-out fate of the characters in the Les Revenants’ universe. This isn’t Mogwai’s first rodeo when it comes to composing original scores, and they show once again that they know exactly what they are doing because of how skillfully they can orchestrate cues. The cues on the Les Revenants OST are the kind that have deadly precision, but never feel too obvious or forced. When the music isn't displaying a calming sorrow, conveying hints of subtle black humor (as per usual for Mogwai), or exposing an almost quirky moodiness, it ominously lingers while opting to never reveal all its assets at once, and achieves a suspenseful effect in how it keeps listeners unsure and uneasy, as opposed to giving itself away.

The Les Revenants OST is actually the closest thing to ambient music Mogwai have ever made. It’s very unlike the group’s previous studio albums and previous scores in that there really aren’t any bombastic elements or moments of crescendo that the group is known, and often criticized for. This music really discards Mogwai’s typical formula comprised of buildups and majestic grandeur. Mogwai still composes the massive soundscapes they’re fond of, but they take a different approach here: the music on the Les Revenants OST gains its mass by spreading itself out instead of building itself up and going over the top. This makes for unique score tracks that spread very much like a zombie virus; infecting and consuming as they grow.

Mogwai has managed to make a score that showcases the abilities and styles that listeners would expect from the group, but in different approach from what listeners would predict of them. The Les Revenants OST is a frostbitten and unnerving venture into a world struck with lethargic disarray, and Mogwai’s tense soundtrack makes the journey all the more vivid and intimate, while defying assumptions about the structure of the group's music at the same time.



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breakingthefragile
February 28th 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Following a one paragraph review up with a 4 paragraph review. I'm so consistent.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2013


7122 Comments


I love Zombies!

breakingthefragile
March 1st 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This show is so good. I really don't mind the subtitles at all. I'm getting sick of post-apocalyptic shows anyway, so I'm glad that this show depicts life in the dead of the apocalypse. Pun intended.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2013


7122 Comments


I see what you did there. Not familiar with this one though.

DarthMann
March 1st 2013


14239 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this soundtrack sucked

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breakingthefragile
March 1st 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@IpodMastery It's certainly interesting. Only 8 episodes, not long at all.

DrGonzo1937
March 1st 2013


6424 Comments


Good review man. I've yet to listen to this. I thought they slipped a little with their last LP, but this sounds like they're back on form.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2013


6504 Comments


I heard this was a letdown, but I can't imagine Mogwai making a zombie soundtrack to be bad.

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DatsNotDaMetulz
March 1st 2013


1847 Comments


Only seen the first episode, need to see the rest. Being a French student at university I'm making a point of not having subtitles. Managed to follow episode one pretty well.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2013


10353 Comments


Really good review here. All the information brings a lot to the table, and you get your point across very well. Nice work, man.

mitch91
July 28th 2013


412 Comments


So the TV show was absolutely incredible, and I can't help but wonder what part this soundtrack played in that- in my mind its responsible for much of the creepy atmosphere in even the smallest of scenes.

I can't really judge it as an album on its own though now, especially as I've never listened to any of Mogwai's other stuff. Any recs for where to start?

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DatsNotDaMetulz
July 28th 2013


1847 Comments


I can't believe I missed the series when it aired in the UK. I might grab the DVD when it's out.

breakingthefragile
July 28th 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@mitch91 I'd say that Young Team and Happy Songs for Happy People are the best Mogwai
albums to start with.

Pndi
August 1st 2013


465 Comments


boring like their whole discography

DrGonzo1937
August 1st 2013


6424 Comments


^

Trollin'

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2013


22033 Comments


I'll check this out. Great series, I'm on the last episode. Taken the step into watching without
subtitles with this one.

^

Trollin'

Such a misused word now.

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