The Mumlers Thickets & Stitches

The Mumlers Thickets & Stitches
Taking their name from a photographer who claimed to take pictures that also featured images of recently departed relatives, the Mumlers try to create a similarly eerie atmosphere with their debut album, Thickets & Stitches. And, for the most part, they succeed. Singer Will Sprott has a lackadaisical delivery that isn’t a million miles away from Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner, if he was a tenor. Plus, with a line-up that creeps towards double digits and features horns and other instruments that show up when there are lots of people in the band, the Lambchop comparison almost applies to the music, except with more shuffling, jazzy touches. For the most part, their sleepy music works really well but when they turn up the funk, as they do on "Shake That Medication,” it’s a little jarring, despite it being a good song, when taken alone. The band’s strengths are demonstrated when they stick with the gorgeous melancholy that dominates most of this enjoyable debut. (Galaxia)