Artist: Mogwai Track: "Scotland's Shame" Album: The Hawk Is Howling Listen
Though it's sleepy, droning and repetitive, I'm coming around on the new Mogwai record. Those things can be used wisely -- I'm a big fan of The Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray" -- and this Scottish band is careful not to clutter their arrangements with unnecessary frills. They, unlike many who write atmospheric compositions, allow the drones and repetitions remain the focus of the song. It's that element that sucks you in.