Friday, July 1, 2011
A song a day: Mogwai: I Know You Are But What Am I?
Hidden towards the end of Happy Songs, could this be Mogwai's simplest and most moving song? Revolving around a plaintive and simple piano motif, this songs aches and speaks in a way that only the best music can. That it is an instrumental track speaks volumes of the genius of Mogwai who can use either distorted brute force or a single piano to the same effect - an emotive force that sweeps the listener into their own introspective space. Whenever I hear those opening notes my heartbeat slows, a chill goes up my spine and my gaze turns inward. I can't explain it but this song just moves me in ways that haunts my dreams. Remember to play this one at my funeral.