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Mew - The Zookeeper's Boy EP Review

by Eric Bodrero

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Wow. I really don't know what to say here except to admit to you how embarrassed I am that I didn't know who these guys were before I heard this EP, and how incredibly excited I am for the full length And the Glass Handed Kites, coming out soon, from which the first three songs are culled from.

This music is epic in scope (and Danish, too), painting grand landscapes of elegant space rock, mixed with bare bones garage rock all backed with the delicate, high-pitched and ghostly voice of frontman Jonas Bjerre. You never know where one song's bass line will lead you; it usually just drags you along anyway, flooding your mind with bionic rock anthems and eerie, ambient beds of backup synth. Think Sigur Ros meets The Bends, with elements of M83 and you start to get a picture.

If you're new to Mew and want the epitome of what a Mew tune sounds like, check out "The Zookeeper's Boy", "Am I Wry? No", and "Comforting Sounds", all three of which will launch your mind into a climatic, masturbatory gush of thoughts and images that will soil your mind's sheets forever.


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Mew - And the Glass Handed Kites Review

by Eric Bodrero

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Mew's Zookeeper's Boy EP was as solid as EP's get: rich, lush, overflowing with atmosphere, spacey. And that was only five tracks. Now, with the release of the full length And the Glass Handed Kites, Mew keeps it all going and then some with the ultra textured, particularly layered and overly poignant and beautiful sounds that this Danish rock outfit have been known for creating.

We get everything that was on the EP sans 'Comforting Sounds,' which is a mini-epic in itself. The brilliantly crafted 'Zookeeper's Boy' sounds more at home here amongst like-crafted songs such as 'Why Are You Looking Grave', a piano driven, tender preface and oracle to the rest of the album, 'A Dark Design,' a somber yet jarring anti-ballad that changes directions throughout to great effect, and 'Louise Louisa', a gentle, percussion led anthem halfway through , then leaves frontman Jonas Bjerre singing by himself with an eerie echo that leaves you with a feeling that he and the rest of the band just disappeared back into space where they came from, and an extremely appropriate closer to a most excellent record.

If you're not yet familiar with Mew, this record is the perfect place to start. A band like this comes along only so often. Take advantage of it!


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