The Scottish group readies its tenth long-player, As The Love Continues (Temporary Residence LTD), set for release on February 19, 2021. In the meantime, the instrumental powerhouse shares the second single off the album, “Ritchie Sacramento,” complete with its video treatment. The track oscillates between moments of tranquility and disorder and for the video, it was created within the Unreal Games Engine by director Sam Wiehl, whose work extends to acts like Ladytron, Forest Swords, and the Valentino fashion house. Here he’s created an entirely first-person multi-level computer game for the song, which then formed the animations and narratives for the video.
Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite offers: “Ritchie Sacramento’s title came from a misunderstanding a friend of ours had about how to say Ryuchi Sakamoto. The lyrics were inspired by a story Bob Nastanovich shared about his friend and bandmate David Berman who proclaimed ‘Rise Crystal Spear’ as he threw a shovel at a sports car. The song is dedicated to all the musician friends we’ve lost over the years.”