Mute Math – Mute Math
Release Date: Tour Dates / Fall 2006
Record Label: Teleprompt
3. After We Have Left Our Homes
6. Without It
8. Stare at the Sun
10. Break the Same
11. You Are Mine
13. Stall Out
I know, I know, we’re barely two weeks into the new year, but I’m gonna go ahead and say it: Mute Math’s self-titled debut is already a serious contender as one of the top albums of the year. It’s spacey, it’s electronic, it’s intelligent, it’s honest, it’s original, it’s beautiful, it rocks, it soothes—what more could one ask of an album? It’s rare that a band comes out of nowhere and flat out stuns you; this is one of those rare occurrences.
With Rhodes pianos, keytars, samples, homemade instruments (including a theremin-inspired guitar), and random gadgets, amongst other things, complementing rich, Sting-esque vocals, atmospheric guitars, smooth, lively bass lines, and hip-hop influenced drums, the members of Mute Math have painted soundscapes which truly do the word justice. The record is layered with colorful, subtle sounds, each stroke of Mute Math’s brush adding a little new something that you’ll only notice and appreciate after repeated listens.
From songs such as “Chaos,” a track with an infectious vocal melody/rhythm, jagged drums, tapped bass lines, airy, ethereal guitars, swirling electronics, and eerie background vocals, to the breathtaking, hauntingly beautiful “You Are Mine” to the Imogen Heap-flavored “Noticed” to the various minute-long interludes to the instrumental “Obsolete,” Mute Math is an absolute treat to listen to the whole way through and straight through—it’s truly an album, masterfully put together. Towards the end of the record, we encounter lengthier, more—dare I say—“epic” tracks, with three of the last four clocking in at over six minutes (two of them over seven), “Stall Out” being the absolute perfect song to close the album with, as it’s hushed, stereo-panned vocals glide over gentle, mellow keyboards and electronics, winding down the listening experience with grace.
Though the album doesn’t hit stores until sometime this fall, the band will be selling the record on their upcoming tour with Vedera. Word has it that the band’s live show is phenomenal, so do yourself a favor: check them out when they come to your town, and make sure to purchase this album while you’re at it; it comes highly recommended.
I saw these guys at a record exec show two years ago, and I knew they were gonna put out a kick-ass record. It just happened to be two years later! I'm so excited these guys have gotten the recognition they deserve.
If you all wanna hear them before they were mutemath, check out the band Earthsuit (now defunct). It's a little more reggae-ish than Mute Math is, but they were still good.
Mute Math is the most innovative, awe-inspiring hurricane of musical greatness that I have ever seen. Their music is incredible, but they make you pee your pants when you witness them out-doing it in person. They have to be one of the best live acts of all-time. I expect great things from this album, and can't wait to get it in my hands.