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The Mute Gods - Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth album review

The Mute Gods’ second album watches the world burn

Cover art for The Mute Gods - Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth album

When we last spoke to Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson) about The Mute Gods in 2016 after the release of his band’s debut album, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, he was enraged by the world he saw caving in. Twelve months later and he’s practically apoplectic, if almost resigned to the fate of mankind.

The latest Mute Gods album matches that rage. A tougher proposition than the first, Tardigrades, sadly, was built for these times. Admittedly, for an album that takes its starting point as a series of dissertations on religion, politics, media and the environment, it has a wonderful lightness of touch.

There’s shade and understatement, even at the black heart of the title track or the lilting, quietly furious Window Onto The Sun, which bears repeated, if panicked, listening. Much like this album.

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion. He ghosted Carl Barat’s acclaimed autobiography, Threepenny Memoir, and helped launch the BBC 6 Music network as producer and co-presenter on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. Five years later he and Jupitus fronted the hugely popular Perfect 10 podcast and live shows. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described, variously, as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’. His latest novel The Death And Life Of Red Henley is out now.