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Puzzle Muteson

Puzzle Muteson is the alter ego of an enigmatic songwriter from the Isle of Wight, rendering his music in a tremulous tenor over a finely spun web of fingerpicked guitar. Born in London, Isle of Dogs, the southern English island provided unexpected shelter for the shuddering transformation into one-man band Puzzle Muteson. His grade-school music teacher was first to recognize his unrivalled vibrato, and a little while later a parade of chance and coincidence led him to inhabit Puzzle Muteson, and start shaping a body of songs. Puzzle has since toured Ireland and the U.K., opening up for the likes of The Fruit Bats, Death Vessel and Sub Pop darling Daniel Martin Moore. After obsessively listening to Puzzle Muteson’s own raw tapes, producer- arranger duo Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly nurtured the songs that now inhabit his debut recording En Garde, released via Valgeir’s Bedroom Community label. The record shimmers with the signature value of Puzzle’s collaborators who have previously worked with the likes of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Antony (& the Johnsons), Sam Amidon and many others.

What the press says

Immaculate.

Alexander Tudor — Drowned In Sound (September 24th 2014) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

The resulting sound is as tasteful as you might imagine, full of subtle sleepy drones, measured guitar twinkles and simple synthesizer melodies.

Norman Records (October 3rd 2014) ★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

In many ways, “Theatrics” is a nocturnal record concealing nocturnal songs, lit by a sole candle, dripping with tender language, possible defeat and lingering regret, sticking to the music and never leaving the body, as if it were a war wound. It is a war wound — an emotional wound opened up by the world.

Fluid Radio (October 3rd 2014) Read all reviews

But above all, “Theatrics” is a new testimony of an artist of rare sensitivity and expressive capability, which in one dimension if possible even more essential and shadowy, as an engineer with extreme care by capable staff, the context is to shine his songs straightforward and clear, that they can speak directly to the heart.

Terry Magson’s follow up record is another masterpiece with each piece really capturing a sense of magic.

Irregular Crates (October 13th 2014) Read all reviews

“His spare, direct lyrics could rend any heart in two.”

“His quavering voice sings spectral poetry over delicately picked strings…”

The Fly (April 7th 2011) Read all reviews

With Muteson’s quavering tenor aided by the delicate production of Sigurðsson, En Garde plays out a spellbinding and hauntingly evocative fairytale of emotions of one man’s imagination.

Melanie McGovern — Folk Radio UK (April 19th 2011) Read all reviews

It’s really a tremendously warm and uplifting listen, blessed with just divine orchestration from Muhly, and recommended to lovers of timeless songcraft everywhere.

Boomkat (May 17th 2011) Read all reviews

With delicate verse, poignant string arrangements and soft piano solos, the music of Puzzle Muteson explores one single man’s fears and feelings in an honest and affecting manner.

i-D (June 6th 2011) Read all reviews

If you appreciate a timid acoustic tranquility depicted by a frail-sounding songster, this is definitely a compelling release

There is plenty to enjoy and marvel at on Puzzle Muteson’s debut full-length

Luke Slater — Drowned in Sound (June 7th 2011) ★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

En Garde is another essential work from the always interesting Bedroom Community

Adam Williams — Fluid Radio (June 7th 2011) Read all reviews

The poignancy of this record has the ability to move and reduce many to tears of sheer emotion.

Russell Hill — Maverick (June 15th 2011) Read all reviews

It’s subtle, it’s an ambient floating cloud drifting from your viewpoint ever so slowly, it is understatingly beautiful and it swells around you until the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Craig Taylor-Broad — God is in the TV (June 16th 2011) ★★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

The tone of what’s said is just as—if not more—important as what is actually being said, and Muteson gives his work over to an organic development that unabashedly embraces a natural and emotional aesthetic.

WQXR (July 25th 2011) Read all reviews

His spare, direct lyrics could rend any heart in two.

His quavering voice sings spectral poetry over delicately picked strings…

The Fly (May 23rd 2011) Read all reviews

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I-D Magazine Meets Puzzle Muteson

Pete and Andrea (aka Lauren Edward) visited Puzzle Muteson at Greenhouse Studio in Reykjavik, Iceland. Puzzle Muteson’s debut album ‘En Garde’ was released in 2011 on Bedroom Community.

Puzzle Muteson - A Tightrope Dance

Second track from Puzzle Muteson’s debut, En Garde.

Director: Michael Daye

This video was chosen from a number of contestants who sent their videos to Bedroom Community - thanks for participating!

Puzzle Muteson - Perspex Disguise (live)

Puzzle Muteson on BalconyTV Dublin.

Puzzle Muteson - En Garde

En Garde by Puzzle Muteson, directed by Lauren Edward - www.laurenedward.com

Puzzle Muteson - En Garde (live)

Puzzle Muteson - live from Luka.

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Discography

Theatrics
Released on 29 September 2014
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En Garde
Released on 6 June 2011
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En Garde (single) 7” Vinyl
Released on 23 May 2011
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Upcoming events

Feb 14

Puzzle Muteson at Union Chapel
Union Chapel
London (United Kingdom)

Jun 6

Spitalfields Music Festival 2015
with Puzzle Muteson
Rich MIx. London
London (United Kingdom)

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