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Thursday, October 21, 2021

CD Review: The Mumlers

The Mumlers

Thickets & Stitches

Galaxia Record

Rating: 2

 

Reviewing an album like Thickets & Stitches by San Jose group The Mumlers is a conundrum. The music feels traditional in every sensethe instrumentation, the lead singer’s voice, the track names. The unexpected use of brass is about the only thing I didn’t see coming.

In terms of contemporary acts, Iron & Wine comes to mind, for the music’s quality and tone and for its complete and utter agreeability. Only the most cold-hearted dead-in-the-ears music fan could dislike The Mumlers. For the most part, Thickets & Stitches is shoulder-shrug pop. Opinions are likely to be unnecessary.

Nonetheless, there are a few standout tracks. Ironically titled,Hushproves to be the album’s loudest, most urgent and best moment. It’s a welcome change of pace.Untie My Knotsis an accordion dirge also worth a listen.

The Mumlers will play the Major, Minor Music Festival on Saturday in Davis. Maybe the live setting will make The Mumlerslethargic folk-pop seem a little more alive.

 

Zack Frederick 

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