Mi­nor Vic­to­ries

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Mi­nor Vic­to­ries (Or­ches­tral Vari­a­tions) (Mush­room) ★★★★ Mi­nor Vic­to­ries, the col­lab­o­ra­tive ven­ture by Mog­wai’s Stu­art Brath­waite, Slow­drive’s Rachel Goswell and The Ed­i­tors’ Justin Lock­ley and his brother, James, have scored a ma­jor vic­tory on the in­stru­men­tal ver­sion of their self­ti­tled al­bum. Given the back­ground of each mu­si­cian, that doesn’t sur­prise but what does is the el­e­gance and al­most Steve Re­ichian rhyth­mic simplicity of Give Up The Ghost and the de­lib­er­ate pi­ano melodies of tracks such as Scat­tered Ashes, High Hopes and Cogs, where gen­tle or­ches­tra­tions drift in and out or build in ten­sion to cre­ate an in­vis­i­ble sound­track for the cin­ema of imag­i­na­tion. – Mike Alexan­der

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