17 May 2011
Feast Your Eyes, And Ears!
Puzzle Muteson's first official video is here! Directed by the lovely people of Lauren Edward, this beautifully minimalistic video is set to the song 'En Garde', first single off Puzzle's forthcoming album.
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What the press says
The resulting sound is as tasteful as you might imagine, full of subtle sleepy drones, measured guitar twinkles and simple synthesizer melodies.
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.
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.
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.
“His spare, direct lyrics could rend any heart in two.”
“His quavering voice sings spectral poetry over delicately picked strings…”
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.
It’s really a tremendously warm and uplifting listen, blessed with just divine orchestration from Muhly, and recommended to lovers of timeless songcraft everywhere.
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.
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
En Garde is another essential work from the always interesting Bedroom Community
The poignancy of this record has the ability to move and reduce many to tears of sheer emotion.
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.
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.
His spare, direct lyrics could rend any heart in two.
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with Valgeir Sigurðsson and Daníel Bjarnason
Ásbrú (Former Nato Base)
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
with Sam Amidon
400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Soundscapes (Music by Nico Muhly)
The National Gallery
London (United Kingdom)
Sam Amidon at Eaux Claires (July 17-18)
Eau Claire (United States)