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"David Fricke reports on the best bands under the aurora borealis"




.............Icelandic singer-songwriter Mugison already has a reputation abroad for bleak magic, on record and in solo appearances with acoustic guitar and laptop. But in his headlining set at the Art Museum, he came out swinging like a country-blues Led Zeppelin, armed with a muscular backing band of electric bass, pedal steel guitar and cannon-fire drums. Introspection from Mugison's earlier records, such as "I Want You" and "Poke a Pal," was pumped up with a volume and grit evoking John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band album, while a cover of Tom Waits' "Little Trip to Heaven" -- which appears on Mugison's latest album on the 12 Tonar label, Little Trip -- rattled with a backwoods worry that Ryan Adams would envy.......... - Rolling Stone


"This Is Monkey Music by John Payne"

Mugimama, Is This Monkey Music?, by solo artist Mugison, is a thing of uncategorizable allure, and its creator a genuinely exciting new presence, seeming to burst with novel ways of revealing his and our most achingly personal thoughts in previously unheard ways.

He’s a bit of a rock star in his native Iceland, and his music can be seen to reflect that land’s bleakly beautiful vistas: a Mars-like terrain furiously warmed by geothermal hot spots that come geysering forth in great steaming plumes when one least expects it.

He’s also funny. To describe what Mugison does on Mugimama (on Matther Herbert’s estimable Accidental Records) could mean instant death, so let’s very generally call it some sort of feral crossbreeding between the black-humored melancholia of Smog or maybe Will Oldham, intercut and underscored but not undermined by warmly abstruse electronic and musique-concrète-ish ’scapes. And, good God, his unique (to say the least) lyrics just pop right off the disc: ‘’Be intellectual, baby’’ he advises in ‘’The Chicken Song’’; you can also hear him observe that “I think her dad is gay,” and elsewhere he rhymes “sleeping on the wet spot” with his partner’s “Is that all you’ve got?”

For all his arcane motivation, Mugi labors not in obscurity — Mugimama has been in the Top 10 in Iceland since its late 2004 release, and he recently won four awards at Iceland’s National Music Awards, including Album of the Year, besting Björk’s Medulla. But he’s not just a studio mole: He also won the NMA’s Best Performer award, and word is, the laptop-aided shaky shambling of the decidedly nonglamorous Mugison is quite the crowd-pleaser live. - LA Weekly


"The Times 4/4 for Mugimama"

Mugison has been outselling Björk in their native Iceland and it's not because he's headed for the middle of the road. Mugimama takes Björk's skewed view of pop and turns it through another 90 degrees. There are juicy slices of melody here, but this is restless music. Think of Tom Waits with attention deficit disorder and a monkey fixation.

by Paul Connolly - The Times


Discography

CD´s: Lonely Mountain 2003, Mugimama, is this monkey music? 2004 and now Mugiboogie 2007.

Soundtracks: Niceland 2003, Little Trip To Heaven 2005 and Mýrin 2006

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my influences rage from Robert johnson to Aphex Twin, Tom Waits to Madonna... etc.