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Jon Mueller

The Whole

(Type; US: 12 Oct 2010; UK: 7 Oct 2010)

As his work with such groundbreaking acts as Collections of Colonies of Bees and Volcano Choir can so rightfully attest, there is nary a more inventive drummer on the indie rock circuit today than Jon Mueller. The Whole is his first release on the venerable experimental/doom imprint Type Records, and the dark percussive storms he delivers across this quartet of quixotic cuts rank among the very best of his career to date. Utilizing more acoustic elements than on previous efforts, Mueller employs rolling snares, low toms, hammered dulcimers and the vibrations of his own voice to create a natural drone that transcends conventional notions of what a drummer’s solo album should sound like. The Whole is a beguiling and challenging work from a man whose aptitude for the atmosphere of rhythm knows no bounds.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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