Rolling Stone (David Fricke) : “Icelandic singer-songwriter Mugison already has a reputation abroad for bleak magic, on record and in solo appearances with acoustic guitar and laptop. But in his headlining set at the Art Museum, he came out swinging like a country-blues Led Zeppelin, armed with a muscular backing band of electric bass, pedal steel guitar and cannon-fire drums.”
Paste Magazine.com : http://www.pastemagazine.com/action/article/7086/news/music/mugison_tours_with_qotsa_mugiboogie_gets_us_date
CMJ.com : http://prod1.cmj.com/articles/display_article.php?id=63047497
Pitchfork Media : â€œA bona-fide pop star in Icelandâ€
The Face (UK) : â€œCombining the most artistic electronics with the most intense production. Think Bjork, Beck, & Captain Beefheart and beyond…â€
Paste Magazine : â€œMugison handles falsetto delicately and precisely, and yet the moments where his crooning escalates to a scream donâ€™t seem out of place.â€
The Legend Of Mugisonâ€¦
When Tom Waits astutely pointed out that â€œno dog ever pissed on a moving carâ€ Mugison must have been nodding in bemused agreement.
Impulsively nomadic, creatively restless, Mugi is the kind of post-modern dude that flows with the flux – one of those ants-in-the-pants artists that naturally negates stagnation and actively seeks out new challenges.
His two key albums to date – 2003â€™s â€œLonely Mountainâ€ and 2005â€™s â€œMugimama: Is This Monkey Music?â€ (released on Matthew Herbertâ€™s Life? and Accidental & IPECAC labels, respectively) are significant snapshots of the Icelanderâ€™s maverick style. Delightfully shambolic, they both evince a passion for provocative sonic mischief as well as good old-fashioned songwriting.
Mugiâ€™s endearing DIY ethic (he taught himself everything he knows) allows him to haphazardly hurl everything from glitchy electronica and avant-noise to Bonnie Prince Billy-esque ballads and soaring choruses into his sorcererâ€™s saucepan. Somehow it all fits together, for he is the Mugician.
In the three years since touring â€œMugimamaâ€¦â€ he settled in Sudavik, a miniscule fishing village in the remote Westfjords, raised a family, traded his laptop for a flesh-and-blood rock & roll band and set about reinventing himself and his sound. The result? One of the great rock & roll albums of the century.
â€œI listened to hundreds of CDs,â€ says the maestro. â€œI became aware that artists like John Lee Hooker, Hendrix, Screaming Jay, Bowie, Dylan, The Beatles, Aphex Twin, BjÃ¶rk, Sepultura, the Pixies and Tom Waits all had one thing in common: they were all expressing true feelings and there were no compromises.â€
â€œMugiboogie,â€ his third official solo release, was recorded in his home studio, which offers views out onto silent, ancient fjords. Mugi put everything he had into the project. He worked 16 hours a day, started drinking and smoking again, and didnâ€™t just flirt with a nervous breakdown but got into bed with one and spent quite a bit of time fighting to get back out.
But the aim – to achieve something classic, something visceral and â€œbeyond the normâ€ â€“ was ultimately achieved. Click-tracks were foresworn to get that old school standards feel. Songs were played over and over again until they were perfected, exorcised of any superficiality.
â€œThere was to be no time reference, no time frame,â€ says Mugi. â€œThe lyrics had to be straight to the point and all the songs played with eyes closed and always in a state of emergency. I had to ensure that all pretentiousness was deleted from the songs. All nearlyâ€™s, all maybeÂ´s. Every song had to sound like it was the last song Iâ€™d play if the world was going down.â€
Brimming with emotion and freighted with recognizable musical references, â€œMugibogieâ€ is a mind-trip back to yesteryear when music was free from categorization, when gothic guitars towered and scintillated and when you could hear guts being spilled out all over the record.
From opener â€œMugiboogieâ€, with its swirling Hammond, wailing guitar and loping drum rhythms to the foot-tapping blues of â€œThe Pathetic Albumâ€ and the grindingly sensual â€œJesus Is A Good Name To Moan,â€ plus a couple of seriously heartfelt ballads, Mugi has crafted a modern classic.
The record has already sold over 10,000 copies in Iceland alone. When itâ€™s released internationally next month, youâ€™ll feel the earth move too.