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Limelight: Mew

Part Sigur Rós, part synth-pop, meet Denmark’s stadium-filling self-saboteurs.

Danish prog-pop weirdos Mew are, in some ways, their own worst enemies. Since forming in 1994, their masterful blending of addictive pop hooks, progressive song structures and unusual timings has led the four-piece to fill stadiums in their home country and win a devoted audience worldwide, but it’s also left a trail of frustration. “We’ve put obstacles in front of ourselves our whole career,” reflects frontman Jonas Bjerre. “We used to have record executives pulling their hair out, being like, ‘Why did that bridge have to be in 6/4!? That could have been played on the radio!’”

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