Album Of The Day: Mugstar ? Lime

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geschrieben von: Roadburn Festival geschrieben am: 20.10.2010 um: 07:05 Uhr

Lovingly pinched from Terrascope: Amongst my quirky filing system, in which albums are grouped along the lines of stylistic tendencies rather any rational chronological or alphabetical process, Mugstar albums hold pride of place alongside a string of Terrastock luminaries such as Bardo Pond, Kinski, Oneida and Grails as well as the odd Neu! and Hawkwind CD. This in itself probably tells you enough about the band to help you decide whether it?s for you or not. The British quartet rarely put a foot wrong in my eyes, and Lime, their third album (second this year I believe!) scheduled for an October release is if anything their strongest yet.

Whilst the thirteen-minute long ?Serra?, with it?s extended Kraut-styled riffing, is obviously the stand-out cut of the album and a monster by any measure let alone Mugstar?s already high standards, ?Radar King? is marginally the most interesting of the four cuts on this collection: an instrumental which kicks off with a fairly typical for Mugstar Kinski-esque metronomic beat led by shimmering guitars and some gorgeous drumming (always a strong point if this band), before unexpectedly dissolving into an atmospheric space-rock cinemascape not a million miles removed from the Man band?s ?C?mon?.

The guitars then lead the listener out towards a blisteringly apocalyptic crescendo. A word of praise is in order too for the inspired addition of guest clarinettist Jonathan Hartley (of Clinic) who adds some hauntingly Hawkwind- and Beefheart-ian flourishes to the aforementioned ?Serra?.

Continue reading:  Terrascope Reviews for October 2010: Mugstar – Lime.

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