Scotland’s Mogwai has released another melancholy song from their 2016 album Atomic. The track “Bitterness Centrifuge” joins “U-235” and “Ether” as previews for the experience that the full album promises to be. Listen above.
The band originally composed the songs that make up Atomic as a soundtrack for the BBC documentary Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise, about the tragedies of the nuclear age from World War II to Fukishima as well as the benefits of things like x-rays and MRI scans. The album features reworked versions of these songs to create intense tracks like “Bitterness Centrifuge.”
“Bitterness Centrifuge” is an epic instrumental. The song is even-keeled, and gives the feeling of being in limbo. Dramatic synths and steady cymbal taps build the tension, but it never seems to reach any kind of climax. We’re left with a musical backdrop that might fit well in a post-apocolyptic scene where someone discovers they are the only survivor on a devastated planet.
Atomic is set to be released April 1, 2016. You can order the album on Amazon.
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