• puzzle muteson Theatrics (CD, £10.95)

    label: Bedroom Community

    Theatrics is partly produced by renowned producer Valgeir Sigursson (Björk, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, CocoRosie, Feist) and features composer and critic favorite Nico Muhly, both of whom are Puzzle Muteson’s label-mates on the prestigious Bedroom Community label ("The best record label in the whole of Iceland and maybe even the entire world." – Drowned in Sound). It also features composer and graphic designer Machinefabriek. Puzzle Muteson is the alter ego of an enigmatic songwriter from the Isle of Wight, rendering his music in a tremulous tenor over a finely spun web of fingerpicked guitar. Born in London, the southern English island provided unexpected shelter for the shuddering transformation into one-man band Puzzle Muteson. His grade-school music teacher was first to recognise his unrivalled vibrato, and a little while later a parade of chance and coincidence led him to inhabit Puzzle Muteson, and start shaping a body of songs. Theatrics picks up where Puzzle Muteson’s debut, En Garde (2011, Bedroom Community), left off; the eleven tracks telling an intriguing story with every minute that passes; his talent for heart-wrenching melodies and melancholic lyrics shining through like never before. Where En Garde introduced dream-like strings, Theatrics intertwines melody with mechanism; the album is as much a folk song fairytale as it is an exploration of electronic wonders. Some songs have just been born, some have slowly but surely reached their peak through years of delicate edits. And then there is the unique take on New Order’s classic 1987 song „True Faith“, where Puzzle Muteson breathes new life into this 1987 gem, undeniably making it his own with his trembling voice. Theatrics features a many musicians at the height of their craft, including labelmates Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigur?sson, the latter of which co- produced the album with Bo Weaver. i-D on Puzzle Muteson: “Comparable to soulful folk forefathers Ray Lamontagne and Damien Rice, Puzzle's lyrics stem from a broken heart. Tranquil, hypnotic and melancholic, his sound leads the listener in closer, allowing an intimacy that feels safe and sweet.” Tracklisting: 01 We are, We own 02 In Circles 03 Bells 04 River Women 05 Into & Opened 06 City Teeth 07 By Night 08 Winters Hold 09 Belly 10 True Faith 11 Chair

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