The Mute Gods creation is something strange within the rock world in the fact that it didn’t originate as a standardised band, as is the case in many progressive rock bands. Forming to commemorate the loss of Yes bassist Chris Squire, the band’s debut album is minimal in sound focusing to recapture the use of 1970s space influenced progressive rock.
One thing that is noticeably different is the over-riding story taking this album that most modern bands don’t do in this direct a manner. The story of death and a dystopian society is heard with frontman Nick Beggs almost apologising after death to his wife and daughter for leaving them. Though this is a sad album, it has its beautiful moments. Tracks such as ‘Father Daughter’, in which Beggs sings alongside his wife (daughter in song) Lula Beggs to create a highly emotional back and forth manner of singing. Lines such as “remember me it’s time to let go” are heard leaving the two to create such an intense and beautiful manner of song.
Other elements are heard upon this album with certain forms of free-form jazz making its appearance on ‘Praying To A Mute God’, in which clashing notes are purposefully played on the piano making it an intense experience to listen to. Keyboardist Roger King does well on this track to make it seem like an intense and crazy situation. Relating more to bands like Shining than anything within popular music the choice for the inclusion of this could be the fact the singer is singing about his complete disassociation from religion. Though direct the inference of this track and many others on this album, can be up for complete interpretation.
‘Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me’ needs to be heard with open ears and an appreciation for progressive music. The understanding of progressive bands doesn’t have to be there, but the want to experience music and not to take lyrics at face value must be. This is a great album to check out if you’re a fan of expressive 70s progressive music. It’s weird and unique, but at the end of the day, musically brilliant.
Written by Bradley Cassidy