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The Mumlers are a capable and resourceful sextet of multi-instrumentalists whose arrangements reference a panoply of styles over the course of the album—drunken cabaret, quasi garage rock, five-and-dime Dixieland, and swoony 50s pop, among others, all played with the kind of appealing looseness that helps you hear their imperfections as charisma. Many of the songs reference classic material, most explicitly in the “St. James Infirmary” swipe of “St. James St.,” but the band have so thoroughly scrambled and internalized their borrowings that they seem to own them now.
The Mumlers play the Beat Kitchen on Thursday night.