Mew is a Danish band that predates the Pokémon series. Let’s address that up front, turkeys.
Their most recent album No More Stories was released in 2009, with the preceding album And the Glass Handed Kites a full 4 years earlier. As a band who takes their sweet time with their releases, it should come as no surprise that the group’s music is carefully pored over, crafting an intricate and varied array of sounds.
The group describes themselves as music’s “only indie stadium band,” and it couldn’t be a better depiction. Huge, mesmerizing riffs backed by simple, elegant keys makes for a glammy indie rock experience.
The full title of this album is No More Stories Are Told Today, I’m Sorry They Washed Away // No More Stories, The World is Grey, I’m Tired, Let’s Wash Away.
Short of Fiona Apple’s When the Pawn… and, I kid you not, an album by the band who brought you “Tubthumping” (Chumbawumba, almost as ridiculous), No More Stories is ranked in the top 10 longest album titles of all time.
No More Stories kicks off with “New Terrain,” a tune that, when played backwards, reveals a second song called “Nervous.” Pretty cool. It doesn’t let down from there, either, with the album’s best track at number two: “Introducing Palace Players.” And since I’m into it so much (and because I’m feeling generous), have some:
Over the course of 11 tracks and 2 “Intermezzos” and an interlude (“Hawaii Dream”), this album proves that sometimes, maybe, it does take a little bit longer than normal to produce an airtight gem.
This album, over the course of the last two or three listens, has actually gotten more and more difficult to classify. And I’m okay with that. Any band that can use a toy piano (“Sometimes Life Isn’t Easy”) in a fashion that doesn’t evoke clowns or dolls is alright with me.
Worth your ears.
From No More Stories…, this is “Reprise” –
Standout tracks: “Beach” and “Repeaterbeater” and “Tricks of the Trade” and “Reprise”
Weakest track: I’ve said my piece on interludes, but neither of the “Intermezzos” are that bad.
RIYL: Glam rock, dance rock, dream pop. Jonezetta, MGMT, little My Bloody Valentine in there too.