Mew are almost certainly the only band to be described as “Queensryche meets Sigur Rós,” as Pitchfork critic Nitsuh Abebe put it back in 2006. The enveloping, expansive music of the proggy Danish rock trio bursts with sound; their compositions are dense without feeling disjointed. Formed in 1994, Mew broke through in 2003 when their third album, Frengers, cleaned up at that year’s Danish Music Critics Awards and brought them stateside acclaim. They followed that up with their 2005 masterpiece, the sound-universe And the Glass Handed Kites, structured to be played front to back without interruption. This summer and fall they’re touring behind Visuals, their latest album and their first without founding member and guitarist Bo Madsen. It’s their tightest LP to date, with some of the band’s clearest pop song structures, though it’s still plenty inventive, defined by a synthy sense of cosmic exploration that brings to mind M83. Monakr open.
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Sunday, August 13, 2017 | 7:00pm | Turf Club | $20 Advanced | $25 Door | 21+
Mew wiith Monakr
Mew frontman Jonas Bjerre has worked on the projections for the band’s live shows since their early days. Usually, the Danish trio finish an album and Bjerre gets to work on the visuals. For their seventh record, though, the singer decided to turn things upside down, working on the visuals first and seeing if they informed the music. The resultant record feels like a culmination for one of rock’s most ambitious and inventive groups: Visuals is where Bjerre and his bandmates, bassist Johan Wohlert and drummer Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen, join the dots of a career that has spanned over two decades. “We do everything on this album ourselves,” says Bjerre. “We produced it ourselves, I did the artwork, I’m doing the visuals. Visuals felt like a fitting title. I like the idea that each song has a visual aspect to it somehow.”
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