Mute Choir - Election Season
Mute Choir Releases New Single From Upcoming Album
"Election Season" is a robust and sprawling work, full of intricate songwriting and strong ideas.
By: Brandon Sims
"Electric Season" is an electronic-infused rock song and the first single off Mute Choir’s upcoming debut album. The track is a complex, 7-minute personal expression of angst and frustration let out by the band's lead singer, Sam Arion. An Iranian-born immigrant to Canada, Arion has dealt with societal pressures across the cultural spectrum, and "Electric Season" is a track in which he chose to express much of his frustration with the predetermined expectations for him held by those closest to him. In the band's press release, Arion had this to say about the song:
"Election Season is a song that came as a sort of emotional response to a time in my life where I had a lot of different voices around me telling me the versions of myself that I should be, and that really messed with my head for a while. It left me in a place in my music and in my life where I felt very indecisive, like I didn’t have an objective view of who I was or what I wanted. The song came as a sort of response to that feeling. The music was a result of me rejecting that notion and not really thinking too much of what the song was supposed to be, but just letting it come out naturally, and as a result this ended up being one of my favourite songs on the record, and after I wrote it that objectivity kinda came back to me and I was like “I know exactly what I want to do now.”
Arion’s frustrations are no doubt familiar to many of us, and his passion for the subject is easily acknowledged throughout the length of the track. The song itself uses a number of interesting sounds and instruments, ranging from guitars to bongo drums, to a whirlwind of synthesizers and progressive basslines that keep the energy of the song flowing from beginning to end. Fans of bands like Depeche Mode, The Cure, and Radiohead should give this one a listen.