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Released: 01.04.16

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There’s little instrumental ‘rock’ that can be considered ‘protest music’, but this remarkable album, featuring the reworked soundtrack to Mark Cousins’ quietly chilling film, is absolutely a protest, using mood and tonal shifts to articulate anger, defiance and fear.

Whilst Mogwai’s previous soundtrack work has been satisfying, it never felt like a ‘proper’ Mogwai project. Atomic is not only ‘proper’, it’s some of the best music they’ve ever released.

They’ve broadened their palette to include brass and even more electronic elements (appropriately enough, Kraftwerk come to mind at times), and from the sunny optimism of the opener to the mournfully elegiac closer, this is Mogwai at their most powerful and moving, wordlessly conveying the true horror of the nuclear age.

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