The Mumbles are a New Orleans based Avant Soul Duo -- a tiny band with a mighty sound. Using two keyboards and a drum kit, they combine soul music with avant and old time jazz to create "pop songs in the key of partying down" (Time Out New York).
Keysman Keith Burnstein and drummer Ethan Shorter met in the rhythm section of a 14 piece hip hop orchestra, soon striking out on their own in late 2006 to write tunes that would become Mumbles mainstays. As a duo, the boys distilled songs to their essence, delighting in a dynamic that "...marries the bedroom intimacy of a singer-songwriter, with the expansive musical prowess of a psych jazz outfit" (Seven Days Vermont).
After the completion of their first record, "Once Eponymous", in 2008, The Mumbles have been touring the country on the heels of a national AAA radio campaign, with fine stations nation wide playing the disc in heavy rotation. Critics have called the break-out single, 'Bite-Size (Brawn w/ Brio)', "Lounge music for the super-hip" (Roanoke Times) with a vibe that is "...equal parts Tom Waits gruffness and Woody Allen pathos" (The L Magazine)
During breaks in their travels, The Mumbles recorded a follow-up EP, entitled "Muddy Mantras", with vocalist Meredith Claire. In 2010, the band will be touring from June until September, with a full length album in the works for release later in the year. The band's newest mantra: "Speak softly and learn how to change a tire".
The Mumbles' "Muddy Mantras" and "Once EPonymous" are both available on iTunes and at CDbaby.com