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Theo Mak of E-Mute

Theo Mak of E-Mute

E-Mute defies category. They fit their lyrical and musical innovations within an up-to five-minute framework and create some of the finest music recorded today. Theo Mak stands out in my mind as being one of those musicians who deserves a musical sub-genre named after him. He seems to bring all his influences together into a sound that is unpredictable, cocky, witty, explicit and often downright ingenious all at the same time. He has changes in tempo, key, cadence and surprises at every turn in his music…sometimes all in the same song, as is the case with the track, “I Can Pay For It”. The songs come right out at you with that exciting intersection of, in the groove flamboyance at the funkier end of the alternative and progressive rock spectrum, and a sensation of creative free form improvisation. Yet there is a strong underlying sense of control and perfectionism which purveys the EP.

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‘I Can Pay For It: A Collection of Songs for the Current Political & Socio-economic Crisis’ is all over the map, but it never loses your attention or makes you scratch your head, as it leads you to the promised land of infinite musical possibility.

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