We are very pleased to announce the signing of Mutes to One Note Forever Records. The Birmingham-based shoegaze/dream-pop artist will release a brand new EP later this year as well as a limited edition physical re-release of their eponymous debut EP.
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. 2014 sees Mutes blossoming into a full band and embracing the noisier aspects of their songs.
Influenced by the feedback draped sound of shoegaze heroes such as Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, whilst retaining the dreamy, reverb washes of their early recordings, Mutes will be touring new material as a full band later this year.
Lead track ‘m.p.d.g’ (available to stream above), taken from their debut EP, shows Mutes’ knack for creating catchy songs and smothering them with a dazed, clouded aesthetic. Sweeping, rhythmical guitar strumming and lucid percussion underpins abstracted vocals that elegantly drift over power-pop chords, ‘m.p.d.g’ dwells in the mind of the perennial daydreamer.