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Boomkat Product Review:
Few debuting bands pull off the feat of inhabiting their own unique musical idiom so comprehensively and convincingly as The Mummers. Within the album's opening few minutes this orchestral pop ensemble swerve between Last Night Of The Proms bluster and more whimsical fairground clatter, launching with 'March Of The Dawn's jaunty militaristic pomp before 'Wake Me Up' follows on, uncannily suggestive of Bjork singing along to the Steptoe & Son theme (a mash-up this writer, for one, has long been craving). Next comes 'Wonderland', which begins in a manner evocative of a strangely festive, magic-realist soundtrack to a night at the circus - think Angela Carter penning a treatment for next Christmas' Marks & Spencer Christmas advert, if you will - before straightening itself out into a more elegantly cinematic ballad format, the like of which Goldfrapp might summon up on a particularly good day. Some of the more eagle-eared among you may recognise Mummers singer and multi-instrumentalist Raissa Khan-Panni from a short-lived solo career a while back. She's had a good few years of creative incubation since then, and it seems that her considerable vocal and writing talents have finally found a suitable platform with this band and its lofty sonic ambitions. Tale To Tell draws out its own little universe, merrily tapping into the very English eccentricities of early music hall and Edward Lear's fairytale nonsense - quite literally on the Owl And The Pussycat-referencing title track. It's hard to know where The Mummers are likely go next after such a singularly grandstanding, archly portentous debut, but it'd be worth sticking around to find out.