"Influenced by everything from Khan Jamal to Egisto Macchi via Basic House and Konrad Kraft, Why So Mute, Fond Lover? builds new worlds of beats and rhythm, sound collage, ambience, and noise using random borrowed equipment, broken gear, and household appliances. The album was recorded in London and Hamburg (with collaborator Ben Page of Rocketnumbernine and Elite Barbarian), and mastered by fellow Rothko member Mark Beazley. Donnelly has previously released albums on Exotic Pylon, Hideous Replica, and Foredoom Productions, and has been a long-term member of Rothko, performing on a number of their albums, including A Continual Search For Origins (2002), Eleven Stages of Intervention (2007), and most recently, 2018's Blood Demands More Blood. Why So Mute, Fond Lover? comes with a bonus album titled Pardon Error, available as a download with all physical copies, featuring tracks from Michael's previous releases plus new remixes by Pye Corner Audio, Polypores, Kemper Norton, Psychological Strategy Board, Basic House, and Elite Barbarian. This new release is the second volume of a new series on Front & Follow -- Ex Post Facto -- which seeks to celebrate experimental electronic music in all its forms, showcasing new work and old, exploring the relationship between the current and the past, how they influence and shape each other and a listener's experiences of them." - Front & Follow.