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Best album 100 years in a row

Listening to music is hard for me because I'm hard of hearing. But after faintly hearing the mumlers record, I can say that this music has caused my hearing to return. It was a amazing. If you want an album that'll really get you to hear music, like the first time you've ever heard music, then this record is for you. Buy this and listen to music. It's nice.

Mesmerizing old-timey soul music with a mysterious touch

The Mumlers’ music seems to float from a Victrola wedged into a dark corner of a mysterious antique shop. Will Sprott sings like a megaphoned apparition, and the group’s horn arrangements have the languor of a New Orleans funeral parade that accidentally marched into a morning-after session at Stax. Even when the band adds a psychedelic organ groove, such as on “Coffin Factory,” the vibe still draws one to the beyond. This is surprising, given the Mumlers home base of San Jose, California, the population anchor at the south end of the San Francisco Bay that’s christened itself the Capital of Silicon Valley. You don’t know the way to this San Jose. The group’s second album stretches even further than their debut (Thickets & Snitches), including the trad jazz and blues of “Tangled Up With You” and slinky second-line of “St. James Street.” The latter echoes the standard “St. James Infirmary,” but is actually a straight-up description of Sprott’s urban San Jose neighborhood. The group connects to loungecore with a slowly careening instrumental cleverly entitled “The Instrumental.” The band drifts between jazzy melodies for movie scores, circus music and the swinging-60s vibe of Bob Crewe’s “Music to Watch Girls By.” The genre mash-ups are terrifically organic, and in addition to guitars, stand-up bass, drums, keyboards, and horns, the Mumlers include euphonium, clarinet, French horn and pedal steel. “Fugitive and Vagabond” features piano, harmonica, cymbal crashes and a whistled solo that seems to have been skimmed from aspaghetti western, and the set closes with the soulfully crooned “Don’t Throw Me Away,” an original that should have graced many a 1950s school dance. The Mumlers’ unusual influences and free-wheeling approach result in the sort of shape-shifting one would expect from a group named after a nineteenth century charlatan who made a living selling photos of ghosts to bereaved families. The Mumlers are the real deal, however, and their second album is one of the year’s most eclectic spins. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]


I would never throw this album away.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Named after scandalized 19th century spirit photographer William H. Mumler, this San Jose indie folk collective takes a multi-genre approach to songwriting, utilizing an eclectic mix of instruments (taken from a giveaway by the San Jose Unified School District) and styles reminiscent of Devendra Banhart. Formed in 2005 by singer/songwriter Will Sprott, the Mumlers consist of multi-instrumentalists Mercedes El Vencere, Andy Paul, James Fenwicke, Müller, Felix Archuleta, and Paolo Gomez. With Sprott...
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