Mutes Stream ‘Severe Clear’ From Upcoming ‘Dreams of Being Cornered’ Album

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Birmingham, UK post-punk polymaths Mutes have just released their second single, Severe Clear, that is taken from their forthcoming third full length, Dreams of Being Corneredthat will be released on the 7th May. Severe Clear is an unrelenting portrait of the dichotomy between addiction and sobriety, the title alluding to the often too-painful clarity that recovery can bring. It’s a blistering song, 12-strings scythe through caterwaulic grunge in a track that’s equally dissonant and melodious.

As the band has grown, chopped, and changed since 2014, so too have its members. Eschewing the lyrical ambiguity of previous works, these songs serve as a frank reflection on some heady years. Whilst the LP’s working title, More Songs About Drugs And Death, may have been left on the cutting room floor, what made the cut is pure killer. Severe Clear is a violently catchy number that weighs up the pains of addiction vs. the blinding clarity of one’s shortcomings in the light of sobriety.

Ahead of the album’s digital release on May 7th, the band will be releasing a selection of extremely limited 7” singles, each consisting of two tracks from the album. These will be sent out at random to all who pre-order the album via the FOMA Bandcamp, along with exclusive accompanying material.

Severe Clear can also be streamed via Spotify