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john maus

we must become the pitiless censors of ourselves

upset the rhythm



cd

Released: 20th Jun 2011

£9.99 £6.99

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lp

Released: 20th Jun 2011

£13.99

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both instantly catchy & endlessly strange, john maus’ third album is a totally bizarre re-imagining of the finest moments of the 80s. layers of bubbling, searching synths creep over taught basslines & drum machines, providing the perfect backing for maus’ heavily reverbed baritone. ‘quantum leap’ is suitably space age, coming across like the soundtrack to a sci-fi film lost in the ether, whilst ‘…and the rain’& ‘keep pushing on’ have a dark, melancholic undercurrent to the unstoppable momentum that constantly drives them forwards. the highlight is perhaps ‘believer’, the closing track, with its layers of dense, swirling synths & the odd sleigh bell chime combining for an oddly cathartic experience.  maus has a lot in common with former collaborator ariel pink, as they both create records steeped in their own kind of weird, half remembered nostalgia, whilst never descending into poor facsimile. dystopian pop of the highest order, simultaneously haunting & life affirming, & without doubt one of the best records of the year thus far. 

we must become the pitiless censors of ourselves

Tracklist

  1. Streetlight
  2. Quantum Leap
  3. ...And the Rain
  4. Hey Moon
  5. Keep Pushing On
  6. The Crucifix
  7. Head for the Country
  8. Cop Killer
  9. Matter of Fact
  10. We Can Breakthrough
  11. Believer