Minor Victories

Minor Victories

by Minor Victories

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Overview

Though the term "supergroup" is used so often that it's nearly meaningless, there's no denying that the members of Minor Victories boast impressive résumés. The legacies of Stuart Braithwaite's work with Mogwai and Rachel Goswell's time with Slowdive are well-known, while Justin Lockey made a name for himself with Editors in the 2010s, and the talents of his brother James range from music to filmmaking. More importantly, the band's self-titled debut album proves they can combine their talents in ways that sound organic. Unlike many star-studded projects, there's no showboating here. What could have been a hodge-podge of massive guitars, crystalline vocals, and moody atmospheres vying for center stage is, instead, a set of songs that sound like the work of a long-running band (even though the bandmembers recorded most of their parts via long-distance collaboration and pieced them together later). At times, Minor Victories sounds exactly like what might be expected from this collaboration; "Folk Arp" and "Out to Sea" are equally indebted to Mogwai's heft and Slowdive's delicacy. Those longing to hear Goswell sing a new batch of songs won't be disappointed. Though she's surrounded by a soundtrack-worthy sweep of strings and drums on "Breaking My Light," she holds her own and sounds both fragile and resilient, a trick she repeats on the beautiful finale "Higher Hopes." While Minor Victories would have satisfied many fans if it continued in this vein, the band also explores different aspects of their music. The synth arpeggios that add extra drama to "A Hundred Ropes" call to mind Mogwai's electronic side, and the thumb piano on "The Thief" is a welcome surprise. Minor Victories drafts two other notable indie figures to further broaden their horizons: the Twilight Sad's James Graham joins the group on the lovely "Scattered Ashes (Song for Richard)," which adds some '60s pop flair to the mix with fuzz bass and reverb-drenched beats, while Red House Painters' Mark Kozelek duets with Goswell on "For You Always," a recollection of how they were each other's "one who got away" that's mostly sweet, even with Kozelek's mention of sleeping with "some ho" instead of connecting with Goswell. While Minor Victories builds on its members' legacies, the band sounds more excited about the present and the future than looking back.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2016
Label: Fat Possum Records
UPC: 0767981156323
catalogNumber: 15632
Rank: 249057

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Minor Victories   Primary Artist
Mark Kozelek   Vocals
Rachel Goswell   Group Member
Stuart Braithwaite   Group Member
Justin Lockey   Group Member
James Alexander Graham   Vocals
James Lockey   Group Member

Technical Credits

Mark Kozelek   Composer
Rachel Goswell   Composer,Engineer,Additional Production
Tony Doogan   Engineer,Additional Production
Steve Clarke   Composer,Engineer,Additional Production
Stuart Braithwaite   Composer,Engineer,Additional Production
Justin Lockey   Composer,Producer
James Lockey   Composer,Engineer,Additional Production
Rob Hadfield   Artwork

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