Release Date: Oct 4, 2011
Record label: Warner Bros.
While mainstream enough to get nominated for a Grammy, New Orleans post-rock quartet Mute Math are more versatile than they seem at surface value, and their musical range finally shows through on Odd Soul. While a fundamentally uneven 13 songs, this departure from the processed norm finds the musicians channeling their inner groove through soulful rhythms and riffs. (Who knew that under all the fancy production sparkle, these guys had chops?) Starting with a track modeled after the primal garage blues stomp of the Black Keys, the album switches styles from there on out.
Only a year after their stunning 2010 release Brothers, the Black Keys rather humorously announced just recently that their newest LP, entitled El Camino, would be released this December. This seemed to come rather quickly; bands generally don’t turn out a new record within a year. This naturally means that the hype is palpable. The press for the album was great, as were the subsequent awards received.