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The legend of Mugison
When Tom Waits astutely pointed out that 'no dog ever pissed on a moving car' 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 - 2003's 'Lonely Mountain' and 2005's 'Mugimama: Is This Monkey Music'' (released on Matthew Herbert's Life' and Accidental & IPECAC labels, respectively) are significant snapshots of the Icelander's maverick style. Delightfully shambolic, they both evince a passion for provocative sonic mischief as well as good old- fashioned songwriting.
Mugi'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 sorcerer's saucepan. Somehow it all fits together, for he is the Mugician.
'Mugiboogie,' 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 didn'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 'beyond the norm' ' 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.
Brimming with emotion and freighted with recognizable musical references, 'Mugibogie' 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 'Mugiboogie', with its swirling Hammond, wailing guitar and loping drum rhythms to the foot-tapping blues of 'The Pathetic Album' and the grindingly sensual 'Jesus Is A Good Name To Moan,' 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 it's released internationally next month, you'll feel the earth move too.