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En Garde

by Puzzle Muteson

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    LP & Download (with bonus track "Brittle Beak").

    Includes immediate download of 11-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

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    Get all 4 Puzzle Muteson releases available on Bandcamp and save 35%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Swum, Your Garden, Theatrics, and En Garde. , and , .

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Water Rising 03:32
En Garde 03:55
Glover 04:52
Medusa 04:09
Keyhole 04:31


- Full track list below -

Bedroom Community broadens the scope with En Garde by Puzzle Muteson, a mysterious, intimate record by a fearless songwriter and lyricist from the windswept Isle of Wight.

Arranged and produced by collaborators and labelmates Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigurðsson, En Garde is a strange, comforting and alarmingly personal record. Driven, spare lyrics are hoisted high by vocals of steady, sturdy tremble. Each tune swells with plush guitar pluck in a sea of orchestration and electronics. Recorded in the Greenhouse Studios in Iceland, the album collects Puzzle Muteson’s odd and beautiful stories - about love and horses; rust and polar bears; heartbreak and birds.

Puzzle’s songs are curious sounds from a troubled heart and his lyrics are urgent and open, striking a note with their vulnerable memories. “I Was Once A Horse” is an unforgettable song about nostalgia. The first single and title track, “En Garde”, pits Puzzle’s longing against waves of dense strings and jagged rhythm, while “Perspex Disguise” sets his naked, translucent vocals against shimmering piano that refracts off epic chords. In “Flamingo Head” he sings; “I left your house. You let me. I left you ugly”, buffeted by guitar and distant murmurs. “Not a single thing could take this magical sight. I’ll find you still”, he sings in “Medusa”, the story of a man tracking down a lost love.

En Garde takes an unexpected and unique voice and elevates it out of any easily discernible pocket. Puzzle Muteson could be “folk” or something completely different - instead he’s an intense stranger from the Isle of Wight - at once both familiar and unfamiliar. En Garde heralds a haunting and essential new voice, beautiful, earned and yearning.


1. I Was Once A Horse
2. A Tightrope Dance
3. Water Rising
4. En Garde
5. Glover
6. Medusa
7. Alphabet Eyes
8. Keyhole
9. Perspex Disguise
10. Flamingo Head
11. Brittle Beak (bonus track)


Music and lyrics written by Terry Magson.

Produced and mixed by Valgeir Sigurðsson

Terry Magson
vocals, acoustic and electric guitars

Nico Muhly
piano, harmonium, Rhodes

Valgeir Sigurðsson
bass, percussion, synthesizer, programming, Rhodes

String and wind arrangements written and conducted by Nico Muhly

Violin: Una Sveinbjarnardóttir, Zbigniew Dubik, Pálína Árnadóttir, Dóra Björgvinsdóttir, Bryndís Pálsdóttir.

Viola: Nadia Sirota.

Cello: Margrét Árnadóttir, Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir, Lovísa Fjeldsted.

Trombone: Helgi Jónsson, Jessica Buzbee, Sigurður Þórbergsson.

Bassoon: Rebekka Bryndís Björnsdóttir.

Harp: Katie Buckley

Additional vocals on Medusa: Helgi Jónsson

Engineered by Dan Bora and Valgeir Sigurðsson.

Recorded at Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavík

Studio manager: Sturla Mio Þórisson.

Studio assistant: Paul Evans

Interns: Clément Lemennicier, Jérémy Joseph Vachet.

Mastered by Valgeir Sigurðsson

Art Direction and Design by Chris Bigg (based on an original concept by T. Magson)

Photography by Marc Atkins -

This is a Bedroom Community Record


released June 6, 2011


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Puzzle Muteson Isle Of Wight, UK

Puzzle Muteson is the alter ego of an enigmatic songwriter from the Isle of Wight, rendering his music in a tremulous tenor over a finely spun web of fingerpicked guitar.After obsessively listening to Puzzle Muteson’s own raw tapes,producer-arranger duo Valgeir Sigurðsson & Nico Muhly nurtured the songs that now inhabit his debut recording En Garde, released via Valgeir’s Bedroom Community label. ... more

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