The Muel: Rough in the Bedroom www.mrfinn.co.uk/themuel
Joe Meek famously recorded The Tornados’ “Telstar” in his bedroom. In 1962 this was a sensationally novel concept, but nowadays with the advancement of miniaturisation and digital technology it is a possibility for us all given the will to do so.
The Muel, aka SaMUEL Walker, has the will, the way and the talent to do it and has done it successfully.
This is a well produced album of highly original songs and tunes in the style of… well – in the style of no-one else at all – they’re pretty well totally new concepts in pop/rock music. To help you imagine what the CD might sound like, I’d have to point you in the general direction of Robert Wyatt (Moon in June, The End of an Ear), early Mothers of Invention (Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Uncle Meat), Tiny Tim or any of Mike Oldfield’s noodly stuff, but it doesn’t really sound like any of these. It’s just in that leftfield area. Tell you what – go to the website and listen to the tracks which are available there – but know that the sound quality of the disc is way beyond that of most computer /internet sound capabilities.
To be honest, Sam is no choirboy so don’t expect purity – but his intriguing off-key vocal meanderings fit the moods of his often downbeat teen-and-twenty bedroom lyrics perfectly. All the instruments, with the exception of saxophone , are played by The Muel – quirkily but expertly exploring areas of jazz-funk previously left blank on the musical map. ‘Rough in the Bedroom’ has all those qualities the inquisitive music fan, tired of the run-of-the-mill would hope or expect to find in a new departure – except roughness. I very much hope this is just the first of many such productions.