INTERVIEW

“ On the far end of a faint phone line, a softly spoken voice makes us feel at ease with the entire world for the next ten minutes. This precious time is time spent with Jonas, the ever calm, polite and, even on our first encounter, enchanting front man with new Danish sensations, Mew. Although […]

On the far end of a faint phone line, a softly spoken voice makes us feel at ease with the entire world for the next ten minutes. This precious time is time spent with Jonas, the ever calm, polite and, even on our first encounter, enchanting front man with new Danish sensations, Mew. Although Mew are not a new sensation at all. Only to the UK they are. It was as far back as 2003 that saw Mew release their debut long player, ‘Frengers’, making us Brits a little slow on the uptake to say the least. And boy have we been missing out.

When recent single ‘Apocalypso’ landed on our doormat a month ago, it simply made us (and anyone else with the pleasure) want more. A chiming epic of all manner of instruments, it quite simply sounded like nothing else we’d heard. And then came current single, ‘Special,’ a zip locked parcel of unknown emotion, somewhere between despair and euphoria.

If you’ve indeed heard ‘Special’ and had that whole “should I smile or cry” conundrum, you’d have undoubtedly pondered what kind of wizardry is this? Who has cast this light/dark spell upon us? Well, Jonas seems to be an extremely fitting fountain from which such magic has flown. Encapsulating, he describes Mew’s sound as “emotional and very picturesque, the kind of music that makes you imagine things.” And that being the goal, he couldn’t be happier with the result. Listening to Mew is like watching grand Technicolor in widescreen, although the film is more likely to be the sinister underworld of David Lynch, knitted with dark subplots and narrative swerves than that of Walt Disney’s singing and dancing wildlife.

And thus, film, doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon in Mew’s world, after all it was moving pictures that brought the band together in the first place as all four members worked on an environmental film together. “When we made that film it brought us together because we realised we had a common interest in weird films and art-house. There were only a couple of places in Copenhagen that showed those films.”

Forever creating, Jonas himself still more than dabbles in filmmaking, producing shorts and animations that enhance Mew’s live shows to an impressive height that makes them un-missable as a live act. “The visuals make it quite different,” explains Jonas. “They’re quite otherworldly. We try to make people feel like they’re not in their usual venue.”

Early musical influences may have come from Pixies, Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine but new album, ‘Mew And The Glass Handed Kite’, sees Mew push into a frontier where the rules have been scrapped and an original sound has been forged. Agrees Jonas, “[The new record] sums up one sound we wanted to make. Hopefully it will develop up to the next record. Its important for us to keep challenging and not writing the same record again.”

Before leaving us to continue with his Parisian break, Jonas mentions that he hopes Mews sound is “dream like without be flimsy.” Dreamy it certainly is but flimsy it could never be.

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