Even with a proverbial difficult-to-make sophomore album filled with introspective moments, MuteMath has managed to avoid self-absorption on the many strengths of its music. The New Orleans quartet flaunts its influenceslike The Policein plain view, but nonetheless crafts one of the most original and compelling group sounds to make a splash in the realm of mainstream pop in quite some time. The new album, Armistice, sees MuteMath expanding significantly on its already expansive songwriting and continuing to walk a razors edge between offbeat, sometimes jury-rigged instrumentation and a kind of ultimate command of accessibility. When singer Paul Meany sings, I dont know who to fight anymore, its safe to wonder whether he might be referring to friction within the band or his own artistic self-doubt, but his sincere delivery, combined with the musics rising tension, encompasses some powerful universal emotions. With such a natural gift for turning its own perspectives into anthems, MuteMath makes pop with substance and staying power.
Sun., Nov. 8, 8 p.m., 2009