Mogwai, the anarchic post-rock outfit that has somewhat become the unlikely cherished sons of Scotland in recent years, has released a video for their latest single ‘Ceiling Granny’.
Filmed and edited by director Jon Miner, the video contains footage shot on budget camera equipment that spans over 25 years, the same amount of time that Mogwai have been together.
“Having a career in skateboarding for the past 25 years I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mogwai on a variety of skate video projects, their music has always been a huge inspiration,” Miller said in a press release for the video.
“Last year I had time to organise some of my film archives, going back to Super 8 reels from 1995. Being a young skateboarder with a camera, there’s a playfulness in the quality of the film and the moments captured… Thanks to Mogwai, I was given the opportunity to explore that feeling for ‘Ceiling Granny’.”
The footage works remarkably well with Mogwai’s intense instrumental inclinations, with grainy black and white footage pairing nicely with the fuzzed out guitars with the blissful, almost shoegaze atmosphere that the band has perfected. It reminds me why the band is a go-to for soundtrack work, whether its Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain or the Baker Brothers’ Kin.
‘Ceiling Granny’ was featured on Mogwai’s As the Love Continues record, which reached number one on the album charts back in February. It was the group’s tenth full-length release and further cemented the four-man band as the high priest of aggressive, progressive rock and roll. Swirling with a manic energy and endless tracks of effect-laden guitars, As the Love Continues is the kind of album the band specialises in: rabbit holes of noise and beauty that alternate between hard-pounding rhythms and delicate respites.
Check out the video for ‘Ceiling Granny’ down, below.