When you think about bands who have genuinely achieved cult status, Danish quartette Mew should be high on anyone’s list. In their near twenty year career they’ve managed to manoeuvre themselves into a position of simultaneous ubiquity and obscurity. They’re a band that can comfortably sell out 3,000 capacity venues and still feel like each fan’s best kept secret.
Now, they’re all set to build on that reputation with a brand new album. Never ones to shy away from enigmatic album titles, Mew will release their new long player ‘+-‘ (pronounced “plus minus”) on 27 April and they’ve unleashed a taste of what’s to come in the form of lead track ‘Satellites’. The track is a launch pad for their uplifting quirky pop, exploding with flourishes of synths and rocketing guitar riffs. All of this forms layers of melody that gradually coalesces into a crescendo that’s nothing short of a foot stomping anthem.
With ‘Satellites’ Mew prove, once again, that they have the Midas touch for uplifting, off-kilter pop. It’s possible their “best kept secret status” may just be ready to become undone.
Listen to ‘Satellites‘ below.
The band have also announced the full track listing for ‘+-‘. It looks like this:
The Night Believer
Clinging To A Bad Dream
Interview The Girls
Cross The River On Your Own