MuteMath: Odd Soul
Odd Soul, the new album from New Orleans alt-rockers MuteMath, has an undeniably restless energy. Each track is as enticing as watching crashing waves with the undulation making it hard to look away. With a complex mixture of rock infused with all types of nuances from ambient and electro to punk and soul, the muscle of grinding guitars, crunchy soul-shaking bass lines and deeper-than-dirt drums, it is unabashedly clear the musical mastery of instrumentation by singer/keyboardist Paul Meany, bassist Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas and drummer Darren King and it is all wildly impressive. MuteMath live shows have a raw sensual dynamic that confirms the strong intimate connection between each member and the instrument each plays. Members trade off on instruments during songs, Meany flips over his keyboard a handful of times, making their set almost like a mad scientist’s experimentation with the soul-binding force of music and spirituality, disregarding the body and becoming only essence. MuteMath breaks the wall between audience and stage, offering pieces of the drum kit to be passed around to the crowd. On Odd Soul, long staircases of winding, moody keys break off into intricate melodies, tempo changes and channels of echoing guitar. Infused with a haunted tinge of guitar and keys, rapid fire drums and the electrifying vocals of Meany, “One More” is stricken with a wound-up guitar ride and midway through erupts into a funked-out swathing of guitar as Meany croons, “I’ve been changed.” And this is just the beginning of the ride.