Birmingham shoegaze/dreampop artist Mutes have unveiled a live performance video of track ‘Smother’ to mark the release of their debut, self-titled EP. Mutes is out today via One Note Forever Records and can be purchased via the ONF online store.
‘Smother’ is an easy-on-the-ear dreampop gem built upon an irresistible bass-line and layers of glistening guitars and ebullient vocal harmonies. But, as is often the case with Mutes, chaos is always just around the corner. A pleasing jangle-pop song suddenly descends into a sonic assault, a wall-of-noise, a truly beautiful disaster. Watch the video below.
Forming in early 2013, Mutes began as the bedroom pop project of frontman James Brown. He toured during the summer as a one-man band, employing loopers, samplers and several guitar effects pedals to capture Mutes’ introspective sonic solo haze.
‘hope, etc’ kicks of the EP will a spiralling incantation of voices, clashing and colliding towards an ominous wash of distorted noise. Moving into ‘M.P.D.G’, a chorus of discordant guitars rises out of the ether, sloping into a glorious sweep of My Bloody Valentine rhythmical strumming and ambiguous vocals. The EP’s middle section is focused around two semi-improvised ambient tracks – ‘Port Sunlight’ and ‘Phonophobia’ – owing to the early work of Lotus Plaza and the Appleseed Cast. The EP ends on a high with the bright, janglepop gem that is ‘Smother’.
Recent praise for Mutes:
“spellbinding…delicate and captivating”
– The Line of Best Fit
“a dazzling, woozy collection of shoegazey pop gems”
“pure and beautiful introduction to the band”
– The Grey Estates
“spacy, distant, aloof, ever so slightly trippy”
– The General
“made of faded dreams drenched in sweet delicious reverb”
– Review Stalker