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Title: Mew
Post by: Sigur Rós on May 28, 2003, 12:52:46 PM
Check out this Danish band. There new cd 'Frengers' is out now. If you like Coldplay, Muse, Mogwai etc. you will love this. I recommend the songs 'Snow Brigade', 'Am I wry no', 'Comforting Sounds' and '156'. This is really great stuff, you won't regret it  :wink:
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: cron on December 26, 2003, 01:26:52 PM
ok, i'm tired of the absence of a Mew thread.  not tired but   unpatient.

has anyone (besides Sigur Rós) seen the '156' video?

i found it to be a strangely beautiful video....     i feel Mew is THE REAL TRIBUTE BAND for all things 80s... so the video feels  like A-ha's ...  weird.  

   the cool thing about Mew (in a good, good way)  is that you don't really know what the band is aiming to.  they are doing weird funny artsy things...
maybe it's the Danish way.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Sigur Rós on December 26, 2003, 01:28:48 PM
Quote from: chuckhimselfo
ok, i'm tired of the absence of a Mew thread.  not tired but   unpatient.

http://www.xixax.com/viewtopic.php?t=1864 (http://www.xixax.com/viewtopic.php?t=1864)


Admin note: The 2 topics are now merged
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: cron on December 26, 2003, 01:53:50 PM
Quote from: Sigur Rós
Quote from: chuckhimselfo
ok, i'm tired of the absence of a Mew thread.  not tired but   unpatient.


http://www.xixax.com/viewtopic.php?t=1864


YEAH, BUT THAT'S TOTALLY WAY OFF THE SUBJECT!
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Sigur Rós on December 26, 2003, 01:58:09 PM
Quote from: chuckhimselfo
YEAH, BUT THAT'S TOTALLY WAY OFF THE SUBJECT!


 :cry:

So is my avatar
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: mogwai on December 26, 2003, 02:46:02 PM
i saw the video to "she came home for christmas" last night. very food.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Sigur Rós on December 26, 2003, 03:44:55 PM
Quote from: mogwai
i saw the video to "she came home for christmas" last night. very food.


hehe, I saw it too. On Swedish television.  :shock:
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Sigur Rós on February 03, 2004, 03:09:45 PM
She Spider is one food song!
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: cron on February 03, 2004, 03:12:24 PM
THE WHOLE ALBUM IS AMAZING,  i can safely say that it's my favorite album ever.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Sigur Rós on February 03, 2004, 03:17:29 PM
Quote from: chuckhimselfo
THE WHOLE ALBUM IS AMAZING,  i can safely say that it's my favorite album ever.


I know the whole album is great, but this song really does something to me. It gets me in a very speciel mood - A mix between happiness and melancholy.

 :-D

I will make it the truth of painfully helping me cover up things
I wish I never had found
Confident
Tangled up in a nice life
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: cron on February 03, 2004, 03:20:22 PM
yes, their lyrics are very beautiful...
don't forget :

I have simply decided to dislike you now.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Sigur Rós on February 03, 2004, 03:22:25 PM
Quote from: chuckhimselfo
I have simply decided to dislike you now.


Damn dude, you've been my bitch rite from the beginning.  8)
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: blueminded on February 03, 2004, 10:02:34 PM
sorry if this is a chuckhimselfo-sigur rós thread...

http://www.mewsite.com/

i like the band...and the site.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Pubrick on February 03, 2004, 10:17:20 PM
Quote from: blueminded
sorry if this is a chuckhimselfo-sigur rós thread...

haha OH SNAP!
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Sigur Rós on February 04, 2004, 06:38:14 AM
Quote from: P
Quote from: blueminded
sorry if this is a chuckhimselfo-sigur rós thread...

haha OH SNAP!


 :twisted:
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: phil marlowe on February 04, 2004, 06:43:12 AM
:?  that someone has this album as their favorite ever...confuses me.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: GoneSavage on February 05, 2004, 06:27:11 PM
That someone seemingly likened Mogwai with Coldplay...confuses me.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: cron on May 21, 2004, 06:04:12 PM
From the official website www.mewsite.com:


Dear Frengers,

Mew are hard at work on their new album - being produced by Michael Beinhorn. The album is currently under the working title of 'Saviors Of Jazzballet' and will be released towards the end of the year. Keep watching the journal for updates direct from the studio.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: ElPandaRoyal on June 16, 2004, 07:26:22 AM
I caught their concert last year at the Paredes de Coura music festival and I really love their sound.

HOWEVER, there was a thing that really annoyed me. "Conforting Sounds" is the theme for a portuguese cell phone company and (what a coincidence) that company was the main sponsor of that festival. As a result, after every concert (I mean EVERY CONCERT) that theme would play while their ad was going on on the big screens. Well, Mew chose to close their act with "Conforting Sounds", so right after the music and the concert finished, we started earing the exact same theme from the sponsors... That was starting to get a bit irritating.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: mogwai on October 02, 2005, 02:21:01 AM
mew "and the glass handed kites"

(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/B000AV47XK.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

to quote liam gallagher: "this is fooking brilliant, guv". this is a great follow up to "frengers". it has a less of a polished sound that the other album suffered of. i realized this of the first listening when i was a little disappointed. but after listening to it after a couple of times i really liked it. there's fourteen tracks but that doesn't mean the album is 70 minutes long. there's a couple of short tracks and they remind me of the short ones on mogwai's "rock action". they work perfect.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: cron on October 02, 2005, 09:36:09 AM
yeah, this is my favorite album of the  year. it's more 'complex' than frengers, more hard to digest at first .  a friend of mine says that the entire album sounds like an old fashioned revolution. we both got the japanese edition with the bonus tracks, which are nice but nothing special, just jonas singing in a japanese version of white lips kissed that sounds like the end credits song of an anime.
i was very dissapointed at first, i thought it was all technical and most of the songs sounded like their b-sides ,which aren't very good. but mew is like the only band that sounds exactly like winter, and i respect them a lot.    and the songs with j mascis are cool too. the only thing that sort of bothers me with mew is how the guys look and do their videos. i think it's better to completely alienate  their music from their looks.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: mogwai on October 02, 2005, 10:17:04 AM
Quote from: cronopio
the only thing that sort of bothers me with mew is how the guys look and do their videos. i think it's better to completely alienate  their music from their looks.

i think they all should cut their hairs so they don't come off as a bon jovi cover band.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Sigur Rós on October 03, 2005, 12:32:06 PM
Quote from: mogwai
Quote from: cronopio
the only thing that sort of bothers me with mew is how the guys look and do their videos. i think it's better to completely alienate  their music from their looks.

i think they all should cut their hairs so they don't come off as a bon jovi cover band.


amen....whats wrong with the way they look???
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: mogwai on October 03, 2005, 01:47:06 PM
Quote from: sigurrós
Quote from: mogwai
Quote from: cronopio
the only thing that sort of bothers me with mew is how the guys look and do their videos. i think it's better to completely alienate  their music from their looks.

i think they all should cut their hairs so they don't come off as a bon jovi cover band.


amen....whats wrong with the way they look???

c'mon, look at them! it's not right. what it is with all of you oil waxed danish men?
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Sigur Rós on October 04, 2005, 04:46:50 PM
Quote from: mogwai

c'mon, look at them! it's not right. what it is with all of you oil waxed danish men?


We are just good looking...nothing wrong with that.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on March 14, 2015, 07:30:51 PM
Mew has two songs from their forthcoming album up on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/mew-official

They're lovely songs. But it's kind of like they've regressed back to 2006's "And the Glass Handed Kites"... which is good, but not good enough.

But, considering "No More Stories" is probably my favorite album, I have unreasonably high expectations.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: mogwai on May 02, 2015, 08:04:25 AM
Stand out tracks on the new album to me is: "Water Slides", "Interview the girls" and "Rows". The new album sounds like a return to the first two albums. Possibly because the bass player who left after the second album came back.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on October 06, 2015, 12:11:26 PM
I saw Mew last night!

In a very, very small venue. The whole thing was so bizarre. Their sound gets very big, and the acoustics couldn't quite accommodate it at times. They clearly belong in a stadium or at least a larger space.

Nevertheless, they were elated at the turnout. Apparently they played this venue on their last tour and it did not sell out. "You must have told your friends!" Jonas said. The band was so excited and committed. They were also completely humble when they had no right to be. Definitely the classiest band I've ever seen perform.

At one point, Jonas stepped down into the audience, put his arm around a fan (gave him a side hug, really) and let him sing the chorus of The Zookeeper's Boy. Meanwhile Jonas was all smiles. He was like this magical serene creature on stage. A funny contrast to Johan, who was rocking out the whole time. A truly strange dynamic, but they totally make it work.

Absolutely flawless vocal performance from top to bottom, by the way, which I did not expect. (There's something about cell phone concert videos that does not capture the pitch accurately.) The band was also perfect. Studio-caliber performances, but better, because of the heart and energy they poured into it. They're real pros.

They played many of my favorites. Introducing Palace Players, Making Friends, and Special/Zookeeper were definite highlights. However, they chose two of the weakest tracks from their new album. And their setlist was at least 1/3 early material. Judging by audience reaction, it seems like they need to please people with the old favorites. I'm a new school Mew fan, so I was hoping for a lot more from No More Stories. (Really I'd just like to see them perform that album.) Still, there were great performances of some of their best early songs, including Am I Wry? No and Snow Brigade. And this has inspired me to seriously revisit their early stuff. They ended with Comforting Sounds (a solid choice), then took a bow.

I recommend these (http://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Research-ETY-Plugs-Protection-Earplugs/dp/B0044DEESS) btw. I took them out during the 2 or 3 quiet songs; otherwise they actually improved the sound clarity. You can sort of take them further in/out like turning an equalizer knob.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on April 14, 2017, 12:36:19 PM
New album in two weeks.

Some of their new songs:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHIEEvJMZBI


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6gFfsdIDU0


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w8SpxnhKuI
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on April 28, 2017, 01:30:08 PM
The album is out...

http://smarturl.it/mew-visuals
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on April 30, 2017, 05:37:16 PM
Impressions after my first listen: Wow. It's pretty great. Breezy and fun. A profoundly beautiful, warm sound. And still 100% Mew.

I pretty much love everything except track 5.

They apparently wrote this album very quickly as an experiment. Well, the experiment worked. I do long for another "No More Stories," but this will do. This will do for sure. I think it's better than +/–. (Although it doesn't quite have a "Making Friends.")

Favorites at this moment:

Carry Me To Safety
Nothingness and No Regrets
Shoulders
The Wake of Your Life

Detecting some potentially new influences... Pink Floyd for sure... maybe Yeasayer. Ugh, this is just really good.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on April 30, 2017, 11:26:47 PM
Guys. I can't stop listening to this album. I've delayed watching The Leftovers because I had to hear it again. That's serious.

(And yeah, it's better than the last album, easily.)

"In A Better Place" is maybe one of Mew's best songs. But in a very subtle way. Peaks for me starting at 1:27.

"The Wake of Your Life" is holding up and getting richer. It really fully blooms at 3:22. It's a minute and a half of lovely chord progression that, again, sounds like quintessential Mew.

"Ay Ay Ay," the one I didn't like, is actually decent. Just a little plain.

"Twist Quest" is the song they're pushing, but it's actually in the bottom 1/3 for me. Good melody, delightful instrumentation, very funky. But: Jonas's vocal is for some reason less emotive/sincere, and I think they could have done something better with the drums.

"Nothingness And No Regrets" provides a good summary of 2016: "We could have made it / I believe we faded / And soon the world will too"

"85 Videos" and "Zanzibar" were already pretty great, and they're still actively growing on me.

So yeah. It feels great to be not disappointed by something.
Title: Re: Mew
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on May 03, 2017, 11:09:05 PM
Somehow still growing on me. I think this is Mew's second best album. That seems crazy to say, but it really might be true.

Anyway, this is my best attempt at some kind of ranking, after a good number of listens:


Masterpieces
In a Better Place
Learn Our Crystals
Shoulders
85 Videos


Amazing
Carry Me To Safety
Nothingness and No Regrets
The Wake of Your Life
Zanzibar


Pretty great
Candy Pieces All Smeared Out


Non-essential
Twist Quest
Ay Ay Ay