Alternative Press - 3/00, pp.86-74 out of 5
- "...effectively articulates the indistinct ill-defined discontent that comes from the acute awareness that to remain silent is to be culpable combined...with the inability to choose the right words....an astonishingly pretty record for long winters."
Mogwai: Barry Burns (guitar, flute, keyboards); Stuart Braithwaite (guitar, keyboards, percussion); John Cummings (guitar, piano); Dominic Aitchison (guitar, bass); Martin Bulloch (drums).
Additional personnel: Lee Cohen (vocals); Cowdenbeath Brass Band (brass).
Principally recorded at Cova, Glasgow, Scotland; Sub Station, Cowdenbeath, Scotland.
Personnel: Lee Cohen (vocals); Luke Sutherland (violin).
Audio Mixers: Andy "Maddog" Miller; Geoff Allan; Paul Savage.
Recording information: Cava, Glasgow, Scotland (04/1998); Chambers, Edinburgh, Scotland (04/1998); Chem 19, Hamilton, Bermuda (04/1998); Sub Station, Cowdenbeath, Fife, Scotland (04/1998).
Consisting of 10 mostly instrumental tracks, this Mogwai collection compiles three EPs by the Scottish post-rock ensemble--4 SATIN (1997), NO EDUCATION = NO FUTURE ('98), and the plainly titled EP ('99). While the latter songs easily stand as some of the group's most mellow and melodic compositions (the beautifully woozy "Stanley Kubrick" is particularly of note), the first few tracks range from the drifting, drum-machine-led "Superheroes of BMX" to "Stereodee," a lengthy guitar-driven piece capped by 10 minutes of distortion that breaks the largely subdued mood of the release. Though not an ideal introduction to Mogwai, EP + 6 offers a fine glimpse of the band's prolific late-'90s period, and is highly recommended for ardent fans of the uncompromising indie act.