ALBUM REVIEW: Mute Duo – Lapse In Passage | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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American Dreams Records

Released: 20.03.20






Mute Duo’s new album Lapse In Passage is a menacing and surreal folk experience. Skyler Rowe’s restless clouds of percussion underpin Sam Wagster’s ominous pedal steel guitar phrases to create an atmosphere of pastoral disquiet; thunderclouds gathering over the prairie, silence in the saloons.

It’s not perfect; there are times where Wagster distorts his instrument and the duo lock into a fuzzed-out industrial groove. These moments are fun, but self-indulgent; they water down the consistency of the album, which sometimes feels caught between opposing poles of apocalyptic country ambience and straighter psychedelic rock. Still, the album is definitely worth the time of anyone with an interest in experimental folk music, and jazz lovers will appreciate the expressive improvisation on display too.


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