Monday, January 27, 2020

Mute Duo - "Red-Winged Blackbirds"

Photo by Ashleigh Dye
Usually experimental music means electric guitars and feedback or electronic bleeps and bloops. Chicago's Mute Duo bring the noise with just drums/percussion and pedal steel. "Red-Winged Blackbirds" is an incredibly intense soundscape for being limited to instruments not typically associated with noise or experimental music. (There are some chimes in this song, so they do bring in other instruments.) According to their press release, Mute Duo "... land somewhere in between ambient country and free jazz." That describes this perfectly.

You can watch the video for "Red-Winged Blackbirds" below. Lapse in Passage, the sophomore album from Mute Duo, will be out Match 20 on American Dreams Records. You can pre-order the album here. For more on Mute Duo, check out their Bandcamp.

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