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13 August 2014

Puzzle Muteson Announces New Album!

Puzzle Muteson, our enigmatic songwriter from the fair Isle of Wight is releasing his second album with us, named: Theatrics!
To be released on 29 September, the first single 'River Women' enjoyed it's world premier on The Fader today.

Pre-order Theatrics & receive a free download of 'River Women' immediately. Your digital files will automatically be sent to your inbox on the 29 September. CDs will be sent out to *hopefully* reach you the day of release!

Poet a.rawlings on Theatrics:

“You are my hole; sometimes I go there.”

Puzzle Muteson’s Theatrics embraces the body as friend. Each song offers intimate discourse and friendship through vulnerability. Deft, surprising instrumental details — a few arcing piano notes near the end of “City Teeth” or the mutable arpeggiator of “We Are We Own” — occur with an embedded maturity that complements Puzzle’s voice. “Bells” foretells departure while “Belly” swells, lets go, sinks, surrenders into heartache, grief, loss. “Into and Opened” opens into introspection: “Is this all you have to give as a man?”

Living with Theatrics, the tongue remembers salt and blood. A meal made long ago, a wound scarred and faded. Consideration. This is not nostalgia, but a way to touch how history founds the present — a gentle reflection cast by Puzzle Muteson’s lyrics. They resonate via existential and relational inconsistency. 

In Theatrics’ embrace, possession squares surrender. Such vulnerability reveals strength, and revels.

The cover was shot by Costanza Gianquinto and designed by Chris Bigg.

What the press says


Alexander Tudor — Drowned In Sound (September 24th 2014) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

The resulting sound is as tasteful as you might imagine, full of subtle sleepy drones, measured guitar twinkles and simple synthesizer melodies.

Norman Records (October 3rd 2014) ★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

In many ways, “Theatrics” is a nocturnal record concealing nocturnal songs, lit by a sole candle, dripping with tender language, possible defeat and lingering regret, sticking to the music and never leaving the body, as if it were a war wound. It is a war wound — an emotional wound opened up by the world.

Fluid Radio (October 3rd 2014) Read all reviews

But above all, “Theatrics” is a new testimony of an artist of rare sensitivity and expressive capability, which in one dimension if possible even more essential and shadowy, as an engineer with extreme care by capable staff, the context is to shine his songs straightforward and clear, that they can speak directly to the heart.

Terry Magson’s follow up record is another masterpiece with each piece really capturing a sense of magic.

Irregular Crates (October 13th 2014) Read all reviews

This kind of theatre transforms an album into an emotional journey, a meditation on light and darkness, on life being taken and life being worth living.

Nathan Hall — Reykjavík Grapevine (April 10th 2015) Read all reviews

“His spare, direct lyrics could rend any heart in two.”

“His quavering voice sings spectral poetry over delicately picked strings…”

The Fly (April 7th 2011) Read all reviews

With Muteson’s quavering tenor aided by the delicate production of Sigurðsson, En Garde plays out a spellbinding and hauntingly evocative fairytale of emotions of one man’s imagination.

Melanie McGovern — Folk Radio UK (April 19th 2011) Read all reviews

It’s really a tremendously warm and uplifting listen, blessed with just divine orchestration from Muhly, and recommended to lovers of timeless songcraft everywhere.

Boomkat (May 17th 2011) Read all reviews

With delicate verse, poignant string arrangements and soft piano solos, the music of Puzzle Muteson explores one single man’s fears and feelings in an honest and affecting manner.

i-D (June 6th 2011) Read all reviews

If you appreciate a timid acoustic tranquility depicted by a frail-sounding songster, this is definitely a compelling release

There is plenty to enjoy and marvel at on Puzzle Muteson’s debut full-length

Luke Slater — Drowned in Sound (June 7th 2011) ★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

En Garde is another essential work from the always interesting Bedroom Community

Adam Williams — Fluid Radio (June 7th 2011) Read all reviews

The poignancy of this record has the ability to move and reduce many to tears of sheer emotion.

Russell Hill — Maverick (June 15th 2011) Read all reviews

It’s subtle, it’s an ambient floating cloud drifting from your viewpoint ever so slowly, it is understatingly beautiful and it swells around you until the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Craig Taylor-Broad — God is in the TV (June 16th 2011) ★★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

The tone of what’s said is just as—if not more—important as what is actually being said, and Muteson gives his work over to an organic development that unabashedly embraces a natural and emotional aesthetic.

WQXR (July 25th 2011) Read all reviews

His spare, direct lyrics could rend any heart in two.

His quavering voice sings spectral poetry over delicately picked strings…

The Fly (May 23rd 2011) Read all reviews


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