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“Les Revenants” (“the ones who came back”), a French TV program for which Mogwai provides the soundtrack, is a gorgeously subtle, harrowing drama that explores the reality of loved ones returning from the grave. These “zombies” aren’t grisly maniacs hungry for flesh, but humans in their pre-death state who return to their tiny community, a twin town to Twin Peaks nestled in the crook of some mountains and swaddled in perpetual night, as if they’d just popped out for air. The soundtrack album Les Revenants contains not a shred of the terror Mogwai is capable of wreaking, and it works terrifically — it rarely comes off overly dramatic or leading, and matches the unsettling feel of the show.
Mogwai had only seen a few English scripts for the drama before they started on the music. “We were aware of trying to keep it not as a typical soundtrack, more just music that doesn’t necessarily do anything that has a bit of presence,” guitarist John Cummings told the Quietus. That’s underselling it a bit; there’s no need to see the TV show (though I’d highly recommend it) to appreciate the subtlety of Mogwai’s score. — Pitchfork