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+- out 27th April.
In the UK in May, I think.
Nothing more. Will have a listen though.
both songs are grower for me but they are very different so I got curious to know how its going to fit into the new album.
I love mew.
To be honest my faves are Frengers and Glass Handed Kites, the last one was okay but didn't like it as much as a whole. I hope they tour the new album a bit more.
I haven't had a chance yet to give it the time a Mew album deserves. I suppose that tells you enough in a sense though. So far what I've come up with is that it's a natural progression from the last album. Quite ambitious. Certainly closer to the last album than Frengers or Glass Handed Kites, which is sad in a wistful/nostalgic kind of a way, but they're forging on with a pretty singular vision (pretentious review-speak alert). If they'd made 4 versions of Frengers since 2003 or whenever it was I'd be perfectly happy but bands don't seem to work like that!
but I enjoyed the last one the most. I just found it such a rich listen.
but they'll never top Frengers. They just can't, it's perfect.
hope it's worth the trip!
Have been away the past few times they've been in England and will be again this time. Sure they'll be worth a quick trip over there!
Their last one was just dense as hell. Stunning. Frengers was great, Glass Handed Kites gets better with each listen.
may be the best album of the 00's. Every listen to that album (and no more stories) reveals layers and layers of detail and melodies. They are one of the most underrated, masterful bands in ages and it strange they aren't more respected and popular in the UK and the States. Wish they wouldn't take so long to make music but that does explain why these albums are such rich listens.
By the way I agree Frengers is great but to me it's more standard, straightforward indie dream pop. I believe they went to another level with Kites.
they do seem like wankers about how long they take over it though. i was reading about them going into the studio to make their new record and they said they were going to spend a month just setting up guitars before they would even start recording.
They've made this album under their own steam, without a record contract, so they've had to deal with a lot of shit on their own.
...is freaking ace. Best one they've put out yet from this record
I went back and listened to it again (probably for the first time in 5 years). I don't know if it made a difference that I was listening with headphones, but I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would and it was much better than I remember. If the new album is more in that vein then I wouldn't be upset.
such a tune
Forgot how much I love it. I really love it.
Especially when it kicks up a gear at the end. Awesome stuff
For Hugh, Pugh and all the crew
I don't want to be too hasty in my judgement, but I think it's their best album since Frengers. Subject to change of course, but I'm really enjoying this. I like that it's a bit more straight-laced and focused than the previous two albums.
Lot's of ambition here packed into ten songs. Can't wait to give it another listen in headphones when I get home. More then a few spine tingly moments. I've been glad to see Mew get some love this time around and hope this can be their breakthrough. Thinking Blur will steal a lot of attention away from this next week.
how much better is the full version of sattelites? A LOT BETTER. It's a lot better.
Damn that's a tune
Loaded with silently alarming guitars from Russell Lissack.
Where it goes all Danny Elfman. Awesome.
but this is a bit sugary and shiny sounding so far. Not sure...
some idiotic reviews of this online. It seems you just can't be ambitious at this level in this day and age without splitting opinion. One critic said the songs go nowhere which is just stunningly stupid to me with a record this detailed.
is a travesty. Might not be Mew's best work (early days yet though...took ages to fully appreciate their last 2) but still such a melodic and richly detailed piece of work. That's the pressure for a quick turnover in online music journalism for you though...
he spent about as much time naming the last album as he did saying anything about the new one.
COS - "While the band’s bizarre version of melodic prog rock has always suited them, Bjerre’s vocals appear misplaced...". Erm...not sure about that.
There really aren't many bands around doing what they do. Reviews are what they are, but it's such a dense, ambitious record. 2 outta 5 seems silly.
reads like a 9 maybe even a 10. But it gets a 7. Mew have always been a hugely over looked band in most circles and this looks like it will be another great album kind of screwed and misunderstood critically.
Also that Guardian "review" is one of the most poorly written reviews I've ever read of anything ever.
it's soooo poppy. will try and finish it later but i hope it gets weirder.
especially considering most reviewers can't seem to figure out what this sounds like. There are several songs that shift direction multiple times which always causes lazy reviews to mis-label it prog.
It's skewed, weird, awesomely produced pop music, albeit with noisy guitars and stuff. Gonna have another listen later, but their stuff does seem to get overlooked for much blander fare, and yes is critically misunderstood. Be nice to read a review that talks about the record too, instead of waffling about your own band.
Is one of my favourites. Maybe that's an odd choice, but it's got a well catchy rhythym to it.
I like the album. Just read a review of it by someone on the Guardian and I'm not sure where the score came from but I'm not sure it really matters. Music reviewers are awful eh.
Jesus Christ - what a track.
Putting epic, climactic tracks just before the last song. Thinking of White Lips Kissed and Louise Louisa on ATGHK.
Listened to it four times all the way through today, onto my 5th now ha.
Rows is absolutely staggering. Love some of the more relaxed/nice sounding songs (My Complications, Interview The Girls) the most at the moment, although all of it is great. Love the way Kimbra's cameo ends on her sounding really intense.
It's just fucking great.
rows is superlative
I bought the super-expensive book version with the live album and am enjoying that hugely too.
Really is great. Much less "full on" than their last records, a lot more accessible on the whole. Really enjoyable to listen to, loads of highlights, Waterslides is on constant rotation in my house presently.
Water Slides is incredible.
I can't wait to get it home and unpack it.
In the absolute best way possible. I think if I left it on repeat I could lose whole months in it. So wonderful.
Most of all I just wondered how long it would take for someone to cover 'She Came Home For Christmas' for an X Factor Christmas single. I liked ...Kites but I was so obsessed with 'Apocalypso' that I just ended up listening to that on repeat. I think I had a go with the last one but it didn't grab me at the time.
This is a cracking album though. Fuck the critics. It's got a really good balance of the almost-saccharine gloss and more rock/prog moments, both of which they do really well. I think this is my favourite album of 2015 so far, alongside the Go! Team record, which is definitely something I never thought I'd be saying at the start of the year...
I always assumed that it was an instrumental. Could you publish the lyrics so that I can read them? Thanks!
shut up and get in my ears
And I'm becoming obsessed with this. I know the word grower induces groans but you do ease into these arrangements through multiple listens. I just can't stop discovering sounds and moments I love. The critics absolutely chuffed it with this one.
I still think "Rows" it's the best track of 2015. "Water Slides" and "Satellites" come closer and "My Complications" is the my new favorite one... Great album indeed.
With each new album though I'm thinking that, as undeniably, heart-stoppingly gorgeous as it is, it's just not as interesting.
No More Stories had so much going and still reveals new layers to me now, 6 years later.
The highest praise I can give to + - is that it feels very much like my early listens to No More Stories... knotty and complicated. It's a wonderful album that I can't wait to try and unravel.
Oh hi there gun to my head...
No More Stories > Frengers = Glass Handed Kites > + - > A Triumph For Man > Half the World
did you see them at the Roundhouse this time last year? was such a great show, excited to see it again with added new material. plus I bloody love the Roundhouse.
I wasn't so keen on the new stuff they played that say, but it's grown on me having heard it more so can't wait to hear it again. and yeah I love the Roundhouse. it's one of my favourite largish venues, you can always get a good view and the sound always seems to be better than many other places.
yep that's the one. 100% agree on the view and sound. plus Belgo's over the road for dinner beforehand (y)
up The Mews
Looking forward to it a great deal, venue is ace. Saw them at that London show last time they were here (JaJaJa Festival or something), which was nice enough but they didn't play for very long.
Haven't listened to the new rekkid for a week or so, I went a bit overkill on it to start with. Anyone else think the end of "Rows" goes a bit Enya?
I can sense a split approaching.
Apparently just went AWOL for a couple shows. Glad I saw 'em in Manchester. Hope they can sort it out, whatever it is
so many incredible moments, it's one of those records where you just have to bow down to the intricacy and genius of it, but at the same time the melodies are the strongest they've ever come up with. It's the complexity and quirkiness of Mew but radio friendly in many places. The ending to Clinging to a Bad Dream is haunting.
Not too sure how long it has been on the site, but there's an incredible ep of acoustic versions of new album tracks for free downloadings. Beautiful stuff.
I found them yesterday morning on spotify. not really acoustic, but really nice.
Referred on the download as the Quiet Sessions and seeming pretty acoustic to me. That and it says "Download free acoustic EP" on the website.
i meant this: https://play.spotify.com/album/5f20psxVXDkVGSaNpTB6Iw
I can't find the quiet sessions, although i found a "Quiet Sessions" version of Witness, which isn't quite the same. the Spotify ones seem to have been plugged through effects, which is why i wouldn't call them "true" acoustic versions, but I'm getting pretty pedantic. either way they are certainly worth a listen.
And feel sad that it just hasn't clicked with me. I keep trying, and I *like* it... but I just don't love it the way I loved the last two. And I really REALLY loved them.
Each Mew album always takes a while to bed in for me, but so far this one just hasn't stuck with me as much. A shame. But I will keep trying.
Go and see them live. They are PHENOMENAL.
I virtually floated out of the gig when they finished on Comforting Sounds. A totally natural high. Amazing.
Surprised they didn't put it on the record, unless it wasn't finished. I hope they carry on y'know, what with the guitarist leaving and all. Love the last record, it's the weakest of their last four but still LEAGUES above your general bobbins.
the tap dancing bit in the old version of comforting sounds still gives me chills and makes me laugh at the same time.