Every Country's Sun

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Every Country's Sun
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Studio album by Mogwai
Released 1 September 2017 (2017-09-01)
Recorded 2016–2017
Studio Tarbox Road Studios
(Cassadaga, New York)
Genre Post-rock
Length 56:07
Label Rock Action
Producer Dave Fridmann
Mogwai chronology
Atomic
(2016)
Every Country's Sun
(2017)
Singles from Every Country's Sun
  1. "Party in the Dark"
    Released: 25 August 2017
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
The A.V. Club B+[2]
Clash Music 8/10[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
The Line of Best Fit 9/10[5]
The Observer 2/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork 7.6/10[7]

Every Country's Sun is the ninth studio album by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai. It was released on 1 September 2017 by Rock Action Records in the United Kingdom and Europe, Temporary Residence Limited in the United States, and Spunk Records in Australia.[8]

Overview[edit]

In April 2016, guitarist Stuart Braithwaite told The Guardian that the band were writing new songs and would be travelling to the US later in the year to record a new album with Dave Fridmann, who produced Rock Action some 15 years previously.[9] On 25 November, Fridmann announced that the band had started recording the album with him,[10] on 3 March 2017, the band announced that they had completed recording and were mastering the album at Abbey Road Studios.[11] The band have announced a worldwide tour to coincide with the release of the new album, starting with dates in Europe in October before visiting North America in November, and finally playing in their home city, Glasgow, in December.[12]

On 14 May 2017, the band announced the title and release date of the new album, and also shared the first song "Coolverine",[13] on June 2, Mogwai played a show at Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, only announced on the day, which consisted of Every Country's Sun played in full.[14]

Track listing[edit]

The deluxe version contains the album on CD and LP, along with a bonus 12-inch vinyl containing six previously unreleased demos.[15]

All tracks written by Mogwai.

No. Title Length
1. "Coolverine" 6:17
2. "Party in the Dark" 4:02
3. "Brain Sweeties" 4:44
4. "Crossing the Road Material" 6:58
5. "Aka 47" 4:16
6. "20 Size" 4:44
7. "1000 Foot Face" 4:31
8. "Don't Believe the Fife" 6:24
9. "Battered at a Scramble" 4:03
10. "Old Poisons" 4:30
11. "Every Country's Sun" 5:38
Total length: 56:07

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Every Country's Sun.[16]

  • Frank Arkwright – mastering
  • DLT – design, illustration
  • Matt Estep – mixing assistance, production assistance
  • Dave Fridmann – mixing, production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 65
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 52
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 19
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 85
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 50
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 29
Greek Albums (IFPI)[24] 29
Irish Albums (IRMA)[25] 45
Irish Independent Albums (IRMA)[26] 5
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[27] 9
Scottish Albums (OCC)[28] 2
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[29] 41
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 28
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 6
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[32] 3
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[33] 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews and Tracks for Every Country's Sun by Mogwai". Metacritic. Retrieved 2017-09-05. 
  2. ^ McLevy, Alex. "Mogwai's Every Country's Sun gives extra muscle to the band's reliably solid sound". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Egan, Liam. "Mogwai - Every Country's Sun". Clash Music. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Simpson, Dave. "Mogwai: Every Country's Sun review – brilliant music to navigate life's chaos". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  5. ^ Coney, Brian. "Every Country's Sun is a return to quintessential Mogwai". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  6. ^ Morris, Damien. "Mogwai: Every Country's Sun review – meandering and introverted". The Observer. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  7. ^ MacDonald, John S.W. (5 September 2017). "Mogwai: Every Country's Sun Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "Mogwai announce new album 'Every Country's Sun'". Rock Action. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Mogwai webchat – as it happened". The Guardian. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  10. ^ Fridmann, Dave. "News and notes". DaveFridmann.com. Retrieved 25 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Instagram post by mogwaiband". Instagram. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Mogwai finish new album, announce 2017 world tour, officially start taking creative credit for their band name". Tiny Mix Tapes. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Mogwai announce new album 'Every Country's Sun'". Rock Action Records. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  14. ^ Milton, Jamie. "Mogwai perform new album in full at secret Primavera show". NME. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  15. ^ Kaye, Ben. "Mogwai announce new album, Every Country's Sun". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  16. ^ Every Country's Sun (liner notes). Mogwai. Rock Action Records. 2017. ROCKACT108CD. 
  17. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #437". auspOp. 9 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  18. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Mogwai – Every Country's Sun" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mogwai – Every Country's Sun" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mogwai – Every Country's Sun" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Mogwai – Every Country's Sun" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  22. ^ "Lescharts.com – Mogwai – Every Country's Sun". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  23. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Mogwai – Every Country's Sun" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  24. ^ "Official IFPI Charts – Top-75 Albums Sales Chart (Week: 38/2017)". IFPI Greece. Archived from the original on 3 October 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  25. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Mogwai". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  26. ^ "Top 20 Independent – Week Ending 8 Sep 2017". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 21 September 2017. 
  27. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2017. 
  28. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  29. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Mogwai – Every Country's Sun". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  30. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mogwai – Every Country's Sun". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  31. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  32. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  33. ^ "Mogwai Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 21 September 2017.