REVIEW: THE MUTE GODS – “Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me”
“Political language . . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” – George Orwell
The writings of the novelist extraordinaire George Orwell made rounds in my mind as I immersed myself in the sounds and variations of the album ‘Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me’ by The Mute Gods. With a line-up consisting of Nick Beggs, Marco Minneman and Roger King, who bring out some of the best in themselves with many instruments apart from doing simply what they are better known for.
Coming down to the music, the band does not shy away from showcasing some avant-garde experimentation with the sound. This is given a subtle introduction with the album opener and title track “Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me”. The catchy music is accompanied by rather provocative lyrics that are evocative of a thriller story. From here on, the album shoots off in multiple directions with its innovations in the instrumental aspect, the only unifying factor on the album being the lyrical concepts and themes whose ideas are clearly understood after the first song.
“Night School For Idiots” is an very interesting song, it is a tangle between soothing sounds and impactful lyrics, and could leave some of us wondering about ourselves and what we have been put into now. The music then turns dark with songs such as “Feed The Troll”, “Your Dark Ideas” and “In The Crosshairs”, but the impressions these songs create are mind-bending. ‘Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me’slows down with “Strange Relationship” and “Swimming Horses”. These songs in their trance-like tempo showcase its many moods and soulful sounds which are sure to echo in your mind for a long time. This feast of sounds continues all the way to the end of the album with the song “Father Daughter”, which features a duet between Nick Beggs and his daughter Lula Beggs. It is a heart-warming song about family relationships in times of hardships and challenges.
To sum up, the album is nothing short of a party. Even within the endless experimentation in the music, the signature styles of Beggs, Minneman and King is definitive. There is no reason to not smile about that. If the idea of magic could have a sonic concept, this album would be it. The more one listens to it, the more one discovers how much more there is to it. The amusement in the music is given a lift with the lyrics that are actually serious and even poetic in one sense. It presents a rather dour state of affairs about the world around us while giving us reason to anticipate better times. The party on the album becomes bigger with the guest work by Ricky Wilde, Frank Van Bogaert, Nick D’Virgilio, Gary O’Toole and Lula Beggs; making it one big party for the thinking man. Nick Beggs’ voice is nothing short of mesmerising with The Mute Gods and imaginatively comes together to form the “perfect couple” for the instrumental side of things.
If you love instrumental variations, serious lyrics and an amazing voice in one package, this is for you.