LP £18.99 TAIGA 24
Ltd. 200g LP in a deluxe litho-wrapped jacket which also includes the Death Blues manifesto. On Taiga records.
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- Death Blues by Jon Mueller
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Oh god, not more death. Death here, death there...everyone is dying it seems. It certainly does give you the blues when you read about it but then someone tweets something about a dog and you are onto the next thing. Such is the modern world. The sleeve notes open with a macabre tale of a police officer getting shot to death and the mood doesn’t really pick up from there.
Jon Mueller is ex Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees and I’m told Pele (the band not the footballer). The album starts with a backward cymbal fest before launching into a one chord acoustic guitar strum and vocal mantra which is a lot more enjoyable than you may think. Drums crash in a bit later and a particularly jovial tambourine. It’s a massive sludgy, swampy thing with some great chanted vocals. Phil says it sounds like Angels Of Light though I misheard him and thought he said Angel Delight. I thought there was a new Angel Delight out. What flavour would they do next? Prune?
Ahem, back to the album the next track pulls a very similar trick with staccato slashed acoustic guitar, this time mounted by a doom laden bass. There is a real signature sound to the record, Shellac-ish rhythm section combined with the distinctive metallic guitar twangs and a moaned, pleading wordless voice. The sleeve notes are also an interesting read ruminating on the meaning of life and all that shit, the basic premise being you can get your high powered job at Phones 4U, your walnut dash but there’s more important things in life. Surviving and enjoying the present rather than continually looking at the future. Anyway it’s a nice thought provoking read to go with the excellent angular music contained within. Limited to 500 handmade copies on vinyl the colour of Leeds’s grey leaden skies.
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