Mogwai are proud to release their new single “Ritchie Sacramento”, the second song to be taken from their forthcoming tenth studio album As The Love Continues. The track was premiered by Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC 6Music. Supported by quietly melodic vocals, “Ritchie Sacramento” oscillates between moments of tranquility and disorder. The track’s video was created within the Unreal Games Engine by director Sam Wiehl, who has previously collaborated with Ladytron, Forest Swords and the Valentino fashion house, and created a whole first person multi level computer game for the song, which then formed the animations and narratives for the video.
Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite says: “Ritchie Sacramento’s title came from a misunderstanding a friend of ours had about how to say Ryuichi 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.”
“Ritchie Sacramento” follows previous single “Dry Fantasy”, a celestial song built around a reverberating synth repetition. The track is accompanied by a video directed by Vaj.Power which draws interspersing images of blossoming flowers with the gnarled surfaces of a distant planet.