Review: Mourn-‘Ha, Ha, He’

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Spanish quartet Mourn are a band who seem out of step with modern indie, which is just as it should be. Having been compared to PJ Harvey and similar artists is fair enough, but their brittle, post-punk played in staccato bursts is more reminiscent of the brilliant, often overlooked American band Ut. This is inky-black, scratchy and uncompromising music, which refuses to give happy resolutions or cheery anthemic choruses.

That’s not to say it’s in any way unlistenable or inaccesible. This second album is well worth sticking with, as patience is its own reward. Cyclical guitar work is itchy, as with the jagged President Bullshit, and the capricious mood-swings always keep listeners on their toes. They always seem ready to pounce.

Evil Dead has odd twin vocals, with hints of the early Throwing Muses of  Soul Soldier era.Dissonance and harmony entwine to creepy effect- truly unsettling. Frontwoman Jazz Rodriguez Bueno’s voice can be sardonic or furious- sometimes both on occasion.

As young people navigating their way through uncertain times, as with the piledriving Irrational Friend which collapses in a fit of giggles, this is a work of catharsis which feels extremely focused.Better out than in, after all.

(Lorna Irvine)

Out on Captured Tracks on June 3rd.

http://www.capturedtracks.com

 

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