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MUTUAL BLUE - SHE PLAYS FOR TIME

WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM MUTUAL BLUE

Fulham indie fourpiece Mutual Blue apparently formed as an antidote to the over-saturation of punk and heavy metal bands they perceived clogging up the Hammersmith ‘scene’, declaring a love of The Smiths and The Stone Roses as much a contrarian mission statement as they are key creative inspirations for their rich indie jangle. A regular on the London live circuit playing prominent venues The Old Blue Last and Islington’s O2 Academy to acclaim, their spry confidence (or audacity) has already yielded live album Can You Hear Me Now? before signs of a debut LP.

Does this chutzpah translate to their studio material? Thankfully yes, for the most part. Last year’s ‘Habit of Him’ continued their quest for emotive rock attack and smatters of baggy psych scoring singer Ed Parsons’ ardent lyrical stir, and new single ‘She Plays For Time’ expands on this pop formula with resolute success.

‘She Plays For Time’ wistfully glides along with effortless hook, Jack Lester-George’s bass grooves schooled by Andy Rourke’s subtly melodic style of playing, and Peter Zurakowski’s soaring guitar heft anchors the track from dissipating completely into the tired sonics of by-numbers indie. Showing a knack for genre dexterity, Mutual Blue smartly end the song on a note of fuzzed-out garage rock that propels the track to new creative frontiers satisfyingly teased at.

While deceptively presenting as an identikit indie band on first impression, ‘She Plays For Time’ unveils itself with each listen as a cut above standard alternative rock fodder, revealing a band that’s full of ideas and has a knack for creative ambition that hides inconspicuously within their work.

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