December 30, 2005
Why Are You Looking Grave?
Today I pay adoring homage to the Danish band MEW. I confess that they moved into my radar a little late, considering their records aren't available in the states. Recently, though, I've become totally obsessed with them, especially their latest CD, Mew and the Glass Handed Kites.
MEW have great, extravagant song titles like "The Seething Rain Weeps For You" and "Saviours of Jazz Ballet" and "Am I Wry? No." Their members are all really great musicians, and aren't afraid to be strange and overindulgent and grandiose to the point of pretention, in the way of bands like Radiohead or The Mars Volta or 70s-era Sparks or Queen (ie, they sometimes change time signature 3 or 4 times per song). Their singer Jonas Bjerre (that's him on the far left in the photo) looks like a beautiful, androgynous boy, with a chilling, glassy, androgynous voice. Why they don't have a US deal is beyond me... I think they could easily secure just as loyal and fanatic a following as Sigur Ros. Their CD will definitely be in my top 5 of 2005.
Posted by at December 30, 2005 10:36 PM
I love Mew too! Thanks for alerting me to them.
Posted by: mddjnf at May 10, 2006 08:11 AM
After listening to everything available on the Mew website, I just ordered "and the Glass Handed Kites" and "Frengers" from recordstore.co.uk for delivery here to Missouri. Hopefully, cheaper than Amazon. Just under GBP 30. Thanks Scott for the info on Mew.
Posted by: jimbo at January 15, 2006 09:12 PM
ummm, ok, they're like, my new favorite band right now! thank you thank you!
Posted by: jason at January 4, 2006 10:14 PM
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