Mogwai explored the use of guitar-based melodies and down-tempo, melancholic songs.
The "Melancolia," numbered "1" as though intended to be the first of a series, with its brooding winged genius sitting dejectedly amidst a litter of scientific instruments and symbols, is hard to interpret in detail, but impossible not to recognize in general terms as an embodiment of the spirit of intellectual research (the student's "temperament" was supposed to be one with the melancholic), resting sadly from its labours in a mood of lassitude and defeat.
While the Plain White T's are clearly influenced by these and other contemporary bands, they do very much have a sound of their own which is melancholic, sentimental, thoughtful and well executed.
The latter is extremely important for this melancholic and romantic ballet.
Winter is a melancholy time and Saturn governs the melancholic temperament.