Mimas
The Worries


4.0
excellent

Review

by tombits USER (16 Reviews)
April 15th, 2009 | 28 replies | 6,857 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This will make you smile.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Last month I was experiencing a dreadful lack of motivation and excitement when it came to my music. Nothing I listened to could hold my interest, and everything I had previously enjoyed became stale and lifeless in my ears. With no means of releasing stress and anger through music, this phenomenon – which I have come to coin as a “musical block” – manifested itself in other aspects of life until I was in a permanent state of pessimism and annoyance. I remained in this dark mood for weeks on end, spending most of my time brooding in my silent bedroom; it was during one of these isolated times that I stumbled upon Mimas, a little foursome from Denmark, whose pure happiness and joy reinstated my love for music.

The Worries is incredibly rich and diverse for a debut and encompasses a myriad of different influences and genres. It is rooted in post-rock and incorporates the sprawling, non-linear soundscapes and aesthetic movements that are staple structural elements within the style, but what really defines the record is the distinct indie quirk that is woven into every track. Clean, unorthodox guitar melodies are interweaved with inventive drumming and bouncy basslines to create what is an undeniably unique sound, further augmented by Snævar Njáll Albertsson’s endearing vocals. Hailing from Iceland, his voice is strikingly reminiscent of Sigur Ros in both timber and approach and is consistently a highlight throughout the nine tracks, ranging from sincere croons to rough shouts and peculiar idiosyncratic improvisation that is as impressive as it is intriguing. Every member also donates their voice to the cause for some gorgeous harmonies and strong gang vocals.

Mimas is remarkably mature for a reasonably young band. Their compositions are thick and lush, yet never become too extravagant for their own good; some of the best moments are actually quite minimalistic. “Dads” begins with a jingly guitar riff, upbeat drumming and Albertsson’s wonderful singing soaring above the mix before it all deteriorates into a lazy ambient haze. A solomn trumpet solo meanders its way through a maze of glescendo bass and buzzing synth before the drumming re-enters. An infectious chant backs Albertsson’s simplistic lyrical style and ecstatic, uplifting delivery to make one of the premier moments on the album:

The wife, the kids and the pavement,
The cat and dog, no you’re not getting a horse.
The smell, the sweat and the deoderent.
The doctor’s recommendation,
The friends smell even worse then my armpits,
The worries! My armpits, armpits!


The majority of tracks enjoy the same positive mood, although that isn’t to say the band can’t mix things up a little. “Why In The World Not” begins in a minor key and proceeds to build into an epic climax complete with apocalyptic horns and a death growl low in the mix. “Dr. Phil’s Retirement” isn’t nearly as light as the title would suggest with disturbing lyrics discussing the murder of a child, and the beautiful “Keep Quiet” strips everything down and proceeds in a relaxing tempo, sounding almost like a lullaby. "Fangs" is a one minute long track of dreamy ambience that is the only thing that could be considered filler. There isn’t enough variation to prevent the record from becoming slightly uniform and repeditive, although it luckily never reaches the point where it becomes frustrating.

There is a certain charm to The Worries that I can’t describe. You can tell with every track that Mimas had the time of their lives recording it, and that feel enhances the listening experience tenfold. This band is destined for huge things in the future, but in the meantime this will make you smile. I don't hesitate in saying this was the most solid and criminally overlooked releases of 2008, so make up for lost time kiddies!



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tombits
April 15th 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Find this, download it and listen to it NOW.

KILL
April 15th 2009



71372 Comments


no

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

tombits
April 15th 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

okay

Does anyone know the code you use to center text?

This Message Edited On 04.15.09

tombits
April 15th 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It's depressing how little attention this is getting..

Shameless bump.

rasputin
April 16th 2009



14538 Comments


We're all wary of an extremely hyped review of an album that no one else has heard of hyped up by someone we don't really know.

tombits
April 16th 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Which is fair enough, but still shouldn't stop you from listening to a few tracks if you have the time.

http://www.myspace.com/mimas

I didn't hype it that much, did I? :P

astrel
April 16th 2009



2614 Comments


cats on fire was pretty tasty, I'll probably check this out.

rasputin
April 16th 2009



14538 Comments


I listened to Cats on Fire. It wasn't bad, but not interesting enough to want more.

tombits
April 16th 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I think I may have been a little overzealous in rating this and lowered it down to 4, although my personal rating is going to remain the same. Any feedback on the review would be much appreciated. What did you think?

rasputin
April 16th 2009



14538 Comments


Your review is good. I would say that it's steeped a little too much in subjectivity; you do describe the music well, but a lot of it is based around your own personal reflection and feelings towards the album, which in itself is not a bad thing, but could be restrained when writing a review that others will read.
Also, you spelled extravagant wrong.

extravaggent


tombits
April 16th 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for the advice man, will keep that in mind.

gaslightanthem
April 16th 2009



5209 Comments


communism is a hype killer

tombits
April 16th 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

and a heartbreaker.

/wrists

natey
April 16th 2009



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album art is fun.

CompanionCube
April 16th 2009



977 Comments


guy on the left of the myspace pic looks like a retarded adam sandler and the one playing the trumpet looks like bill hader

music is decent might dl it

gimp fest
April 16th 2009



56 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is really very good, Dr Phil's Retirement is just lovely.

tombits
April 17th 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Indeed, I highly recommend "Dads" too, the end is amazing.

natey
April 17th 2009



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The opener is fucking glorious.

gaslightanthem
April 17th 2009



5209 Comments


you're fucking glorious

tombits
April 17th 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

you're fucking gloryhole



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