Mogwai are no strangers to soundtrack work, having already laid down scores to accompany documentaries like Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, After the Flood, Atomic, as well as the harrowing French series Les Revenants. But now the veteran Scottish post-rockers are due to make the leap into Hollywood with on the soundtrack for the upcoming Sci-Fi film KIN. Only they could release a song called "Donuts" in the build up to such a film and have it be sweeping, epic, and move-you-to-tears beautiful.
Their music has always had a cinematic quality to it -- even more so than what saturates their associated genre -- but have excelled in walking the tightrope between when to let their music take centre-stage and when to not. "Donuts" knows its role as film music and fills this perfectly. Drenched in delay and reverb, with steady building, the song's ever-present waves of synths and guitars form an atmospheric pillar, with which inflections can be balance, but never take away form. Utterly gorgeous, heard in isolation, one can only imagine the song's capacity to enhance the moving image.
KIN, both film and soundtrack, is scheduled for release August 31st through Summit Entertainment and Temporary Residence, respectively.