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Sir Millard Mulch



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5 stars In 2005, Paul Mavanu, under the pseudonym Sir Millard Mulch released a triple album that went by almost completely unnoticed by even the underground. It utterly confuses me as to why most people here on Prog Archives haven't even heard of this guy when he is practically the epitome of what I think moder music should be (and not to mention some awesome guests from Spock's Bear, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, etc.).

While obviously influenced by Frank Zappa, Primus, Mr. Bungle, and Rush, Mulch's album is a step toward the future of music with only small nods to the past. The songs are extremely tight as Mulch uses various effects and instruments. He isn't afraid to change the style or rhythm in the middle of a songs. Some of the tracks are difficult to listen to at first, but on repeated listens make more sense. Like Frank Zappa, Mulch uses humor throughout most of his songs, but it never compromises the music or makes you feel like you bought a comedy album. In between the tracks on the album are short spoken words pieces of fake advertisements and infomercials that add to the humor and uniqueness of the album. Throughout the three discs Mulch explores themes of commercialism, greed, and the difficulties of being an artist. I wouldn't call Mulch a very poetic songwriter, but his lyrics are extremely enjoyable and you can really understand the frustration of a man who had several prior albums that failed.

I highly doubt you'll find this album in a store, but it can be bought from itunes for only $10. Thats three discs and over two hours of music for $10. If you like chaotic, bizarre, and challenging music, you'll probably love Millard. This is easily one of the most fascinating albums I've ever heard and should not be passed by.

Aqualung31 | 5/5 |


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