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as far as I can tell we've never had a thread just about mouse on mars. so this is now that thread. use it to do all the normal things you would do in a band-thread.

Josh (Josh), Monday, 23 September 2002 18:45 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The closest I've ever come to hope was when this astonishingly attractive German girl came into the record store I was working at at the time and I got into a long conversation about Mouse on Mars with her; she was way into IDM, one of the twelve women on earth who are (five are German), I was smitten. A week later she moved back to Germany. I'm going to die alone.

James Blount (James Blount), Monday, 23 September 2002 18:58 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

from my blog today, on niun niggung:

I've never thought much at all about the idea I encountered that day,
defamiliarization, though it certainly comes up in certain ways in all
kinds of things that I do. But, as for Mouse on Mars: today they
sounded to me like the paragon example of
postmodernism-as-defamiliarization, defamiliarizing enormous chunks of
all dance music. Paragon, not just because they're so thorough about
it, but because it all sounds so natural and easy. That seems to me to
be a strange thing to accomplish simultaneously.

And sound seems so plastic on the record.

Josh (Josh), Monday, 23 September 2002 19:01 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Can we have a bit of a Search and Destroy thing on Mouse on Mars as well... I've always meant to buy an album, but I'm not sure where to start.

Matt DC (Matt DC), Monday, 23 September 2002 19:05 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I like Niun Niggung and Instrumentals.

James Blount (James Blount), Monday, 23 September 2002 19:08 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Mark Pitchfork to thread.

Personally, I like Iaora Tahiti and Instrumentals the best, but the last one was good as well -- developed many of the ideas from Niun Niggung (orchestration + IDM, semi pop structures), and was more enjoyable to boot. However, my wish is that they would spend more time producing and remixing more mainstream artists.

dleone (dleone), Monday, 23 September 2002 19:11 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i think instrumentals is probably best, but it's a tossup between that and niun niggun. vulvaland typically gets no love, but i think it's great, even if it's atypical MoM: kompakt-y before the fact.

for a while in the late 90s, MoM seemed really exciting, the glitch aesthetic used to do pretty much what josh describes above, deterritorialize large chunks of dance and pop music into fragments. actually, not so much "fragments" as intense, close-ups into the heart of the beats, melodies, tones. little technicolor flareups that instead of just being window dressing formed the heart of the songs themselves. also, their trampling of dance music was fun in a way that so little IDM was (maybe aphex twin at his best..."girl/boy song".) lately though, they've just seemed tired. i'm not sure if it's lack of inspiration on their part, being burnt out on idm on my part, or the fact that more and more glitch merchants are also letting a little color and spark into their work. i hope they mend; dom's suggestion of remixes sounds like a good idea.

jess (dubplatestyle), Monday, 23 September 2002 19:45 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

hmmm, I just find it hard to listen to more than one of their songs in a row.

jel -- (jel), Monday, 23 September 2002 20:57 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I find it hard to listen to anything but MoM sometimes! Love the newer stuff, with live instruments. I don't know, it seems really unique to me (is it? i'd like to know what else sounds like that) in a way that really connects. "Paradical" is one of my favorite songs ever. I don't think have anything interesting to say about why or how. Not right now.

A.V. Alexandre (Keiko), Monday, 23 September 2002 21:08 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

does anyone else thing niun niggung sounds colored and idiology sounds uncolored? I'm not sure how much my hearing them this way is due to the album art.

Josh (Josh), Monday, 23 September 2002 21:21 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Haha, Josh, I read your question and I thought "yeah!!", then I read the "due to the album art" qualification and it completely deflated any ideas I had on the matter. I see what you're saying, and I want to say it has something to do with the drum sound, but I'd have to re-listen. I do like the sound of Idiology a lot better, tho.

A.V. Alexandre (Keiko), Monday, 23 September 2002 21:56 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Where does Idiology fit into MoM's oeuvre? Because I really really like it, but I got into them with Niun Niggung and haven't worked backwards yet.

Nick Mirov (nick), Monday, 23 September 2002 21:59 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The first album of theirs I heard was Autoditracker. I didn't like it - too busy - but I was intrigued enough to try Iora Tahiti, which I loved from the start. Same with Vulvaland. I reacted to their last two albums much like Autoditracker - 1 or 2 listens then straight to the reject pile. In view of all the recent German laptop craziness I've taken to, I keep meaning to give them another try, see if it clicks. But then, I should revisit Iora Tahiti, too.

Curt (cgould), Monday, 23 September 2002 22:19 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Lovely MoM - seem to have lost the lovingly-crafted profile of them I wrote last year. Madness live tho: Here's a review...

Charlie (Charlie), Monday, 23 September 2002 22:40 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

back when i could stand the idm list, i always wondered by mouse on mars kind of got slighted by the people who complained that autechre were 'too harsh' and blagged on and on about how much they loved melody... mouse on mars were ALL UP IN melody.

the first mouse on mars cd i ever bought was "cache coeur naif," which was a really nice introduction to their sound. "instrumentals" (comp tracks, i think, so a little scattered) and "glam" came next, both exceedingly nice, and i just kept buying them after that. "iaora tahiti" is nice but sounds like they're still working on ideas they would later master.

i really like lithops, too - the "blasmusik" 7" and "uni umit" are both delicious.

your null fame (yournullfame), Monday, 23 September 2002 23:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, i was going to say, mouse on mars are kind of like the "pop autechre" (if we're going to be really crass, here.)

jess (dubplatestyle), Monday, 23 September 2002 23:11 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Yes, let's be really crass. Autechre are Mouse on Mars without the tunes, wit or anything else that makes them in any way engaging.

Charlie (Charlie), Monday, 23 September 2002 23:18 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

hm, I don't know if I can agree with that at all. the way they build tracks seems totally different, aside from any surface differences in squishier/more mechanical sounds.

Josh (Josh), Monday, 23 September 2002 23:20 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

D -- when you say "more time," do you mean they've produced & remixed mainstream artists already?

I do love Mouse on Mars...always been a little lonely in my admiration of them, actually, which is probably why I never started a thread on them here. I never get the impression that anybody cares about their music as much as I do.

They seem like a pretty unique proposition in the electronic music scene to me, merging technical sophistication (sweet arrangements, sound design, etc.) with playfulness, a good pop sense, and a "try anything" attitude (the prog vocal stuff on Idiology vs. the glitchy laptop drift of Instrumentals). Their biggest pluses are the musical humor and willingness to go pop, which stretch back to the beginning. Idiology was one of the few albums I've heard in the last few years that made me think, "Wow, music just might go in a whole new direction."

I had a neat experience when I was interviewing Jan for Pitchfork where a musician's perception of what he was doing lined up very closely with my own take on his stuff. I think of Mouse on Mars music, more than most bands/artists I can name, as being its own little world of sound, with internally consistent rules, vocabulary, etc. The constraints MoM put on their music, and their way of building their tracks, happen to overlap with how I want music to be.

Listen to the Cache Coeur Naif EP, recorded in 1996, and it's amazing how much something like "Schnick-Schmack" sounds like REALLY GOOD microhouse pop in the Herbert vein. And then they throw in a track like "Glim" at the end, with that build & those amazing starburst explosions going all through it. Just on those 4 tracks there, they demonstrate a lot of range.

I think they fail pretty badly sometimes. A couple of those noise tracks on Idiology are just obnoxious. But I like that they experiment with different moods, textures, etc., trying to see what things will fit with their aesthetic.

I think they probably improved some with time, but my favorite era is '96 to '99 or so, when they were mixing it up between dance pop (Autioditacker, Cache) with the ambient stuff (Glam & Instrumentals.)

Mark (MarkR), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 02:25 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

fuck, people who want melodic idm should just stick to gbv or something, autechre are original hardcore niggaz who dont need winking indie organ riffs and shit in their songs

simon trife (simon_tr), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 02:26 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

or real dance music for that matter!

jess (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 02:33 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

does anyone else thing niun niggung sounds colored and idiology sounds uncolored? I'm not sure how much my hearing them this way is due to the album art.

I think it's about 25% music, 75% album art on this. There's more "colorful" programming on the more electronic Niun, that's part of it.

Re the sleeves -- the cover art of Idiology hurt the recognition of the album some, probably. I think a really colorful sleeve w/ more pop design would have complimented the album more. Or at least given it a shift in perspective that would have been interesting. The way Endless Summer did w/ its cover art and title. That can real steer the reception of a record, esp. w/ more abstract music (this observation on loan from Gareth.)

Mark (MarkR), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 05:03 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

melodic idm

yes, melody is such a horrid little thing, isn't it? can't imagine why anyone would even consider such a thing. death to melody! long live pretentious glitchy tripe!

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 05:56 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

mom are the flaming lips, ae are james brown, ep7 is cold sweat, DEATH TO MELODY

simon trife (simon_tr), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 06:15 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

cache cour naif is well good to mix in with akufen. some guy on the old warp message board made me a tape of a peel seesion they did ages ago with this massively extended version of the tune, thats really cool too.
autoditacker is well good. instrumentals too. wasnt so fussed about niun niggung

ambrose (ambrose), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 10:16 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

nice wallpaper

bob snoom, Tuesday, 24 September 2002 10:23 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

D -- when you say "more time," do you mean they've produced & remixed mainstream artists already?

Well, how about more time than just with Stereolab? I thought the stuff they did with them on D&L was best sounding stuff on the record, plus Cache is cool. I get the feeling they could make a lot of people sound good by just showing up.

dleone (dleone), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 11:05 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I love Mouse On Mars. They were terrific supporting Stereolab in Newcastle in '95 - mucking about with hand-held percussive gadgets and looking like they were having a ball. Wandering around Whitehaven harbour one morning at 3:30 in the summer of '97, listening to Iaora Tahiti on my walkman was an unforgettably delicious personal nature'n'pop experience that I've been trying to recapture ever since.

Something in those furry statically-charged surfaces... maybe the reverie some folks seem to find in Boards of Canada is what I have with MoM. I have Glam on vinyl and I think it might be my favourite LP in the world.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 11:42 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I hear you, Dom -- have you ever heard the Yamo album? (asking b/c you like Iaora Tahiti).

Mark (MarkR), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 11:51 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Yamo album?

No. When I went to AMG to see it, I was greeted with a familiar reviewer though. From what I gather, it's more them than Flur.

dleone (dleone), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 12:12 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Yeh, "Stereomatic" sounds nice w/ vocals.

Mark (MarkR), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 12:36 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

There is too much sterile-sounding, stilted electronic music out there of the Autechre variety. If you're going to make drum-oriented music, please, have a sense of rhythm. I like Mouse on Mars because they make organic electronic music. I only have "Niun Niggung" and "Idiology", but they are two of my favorite releases of the past few years. I think "Pinwheel Herman" is my favorite MoM track.

o. nate (onate), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 13:22 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i'm with trife here. autechre aren't rigid and lifeless in the slightest, and i love how ppl say they're "cold" like happiness was the only emotion they ever knew in twee indieland, or even yet that happiness was the only feeling worth capturing in music. and don't even get me the fuck started on "ORGANIC". it's more to do with how jim reaches for the "pretentious" without even thinking about what it means... ae are more pretentious than a handstitched sybarite vanity 7" right? in places lp5 is baroque detroit overdrama overdrive, while ep7 updates electro and rocks like a polar bear. and ganz graf has got a kind of tracky motorik to it. but everything gets my headnod on.

bob zemko (bob), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 13:50 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i just never get the impression, whatever i feel about them, that autechre critics have listened to much of their stuff. all the criticisms are so rote and off the peg

bob zemko (bob), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 14:05 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

(i like mom btw)

bob zemko (bob), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 14:06 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i like my mom too bob: she tht the earthquake was a cow jumping thru the window!!

mark s (mark s), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 14:07 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I'm sure I haven't listened to Autechre as much as someone who likes them would - why would I? But I have downloaded many of their tracks, including tracks from "Tri Repetae", "Ep7", "Confield", and "Lp5" and I've never particularly enjoyed them. Their songs have a very static feel to me, melodies and harmonic content are weak, and their rhythms do sound stilted. Perhaps that's the point, I dunno. I've never been a big fan of industrial, so maybe this has more of that sort of appeal.

o. nate (onate), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 14:12 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Perhaps the reason that all of the Autechre criticisms sound "rote" and "off the peg" is because their central weaknesses are so glaring that everyone agrees on them - so you always hear the same reasons.

o. nate (onate), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 14:15 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I always forget that anything I say about niun niggung I really only mean about the first half. then all the sounds stay the same but the second half becomes all meandering and sounds more like idm again. which I find kind of disappointing. maybe if it would meander a bit and feel like DRIFT like dots and loops, then come back at the end, I could like it more. but after the song-structure brilliance of the first half I'm set up for something else.

onate, usually when I like to listen to autechre (haven't been listening in a while) the sense of tracks unfolding machinically seems to be what does it for me.

Josh (Josh), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 14:15 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Asking for melodic Autechre is like wishing Clipse's "Grindin" or better yet, El-P, involved more melody. It just isn't the point. As for the rhythm thing, i think there are definitely patterns and structures and syncopation embedded within the "cold" noise, although lots of their stuff (especially on Confield) is more SAW II than anything in need of rhythm.

Honda, Tuesday, 24 September 2002 14:57 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Don't get me started on El-P...

o. nate (onate), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 15:02 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

''But I have downloaded many of their tracks, including tracks from "Tri Repetae", "Ep7", "Confield", and "Lp5" and I've never particularly enjoyed them.''

but can yr computer speakers do justice to the sound if you download them. I'm not a fan or anything (nevah got anything by them) but i'm just wondering abt that.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 15:08 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

OK maybe you connect yr speakers to the computer by using the powah of technology.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 15:09 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I listen on headphones through the computer. Admittedly, it's only MP3 sound quality, but it's hard for me to imagine that last little bit of CD resolution making much difference in this case.

o. nate (onate), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 15:12 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I vouch for Vulvaland, one of the great album titles, especially considering it's an album by some German knobtwiddlers, as opposed to something with a Pedro Bell cover or some gaggle of skinny-bearded nu metal idiots. "Frosch" is one of THE slow-dawning pop pleasures of the last decade or so, at least in my book. Likewise, Autoditacker strikes me as the best balance of their receding straight-up IDM roots and their growing organic sound and pop sensibilities.

Don't sleep on Lithops, either. Jan's (I think) solo proj--less beat-oriented, it's all about making machines sing. Very nice.

Lee G (Lee G), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 18:46 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

melodic Autechre = Amber.

hstencil, Tuesday, 24 September 2002 19:12 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

yeah see im not hearing that old shit as much, confield is the future!

simon trife (simon_tr), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 19:14 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

search: 'chagrin', doing the boc thang first and bettah

i haven't heard much m.o.m, i tried to get into idiology at the cd store listening post but it wasn't happenin'

Mitch Lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 19:34 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

That's what I always hear about Amber, but that never struck me as a melodic record. More of a drifting kind of thing.

Mark (MarkR), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 19:35 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

oh and there's this track on vulvand that when i played it in my car one of the noises sounded (on my tinny no-bass car speakers) like a piece of car falling off and scraping along the highway, that was unnerving, i had to change it.

Mitch Lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Tuesday, 24 September 2002 19:37 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

well its a mini-lp

Algerian Goalkeeper, Saturday, 3 November 2012 11:03 (six years ago) Permalink

I wish I'd been here in 2002 when the real discussions were taking place about this group. They've been my favorite for many years now, I consider them to be far and away the most important and best act going. There are very few people who understand this!!!

Parastrophics is my favorite album from this year, even if it isn't as good as the old days (Autoditacker, Idiology).

I'm going to read through this whole thread and regret not being here to say, "YES, I AGREE!"

dojo, Sunday, 4 November 2012 17:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Looking forward to the "mini-LP."

dojo, Sunday, 4 November 2012 17:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Yo wait... guys... the mini-LP isn't the "new album." That's Parastrophics. It's a full length and it's astoundingly brilliant. Their best album since Idiology, or Radical Connector for people who came to them through that.

As for me, I love absolutely everything they've done from Yamo to Noisemachinetapes to Von Sudenfed to Microstoria+Lithops. Not sure if I'm missing anything there. Maybe GOFLEX.

I don't know if it's that my taste is just on a higher level than most, or if the band is just well tuned to my individual sound-interests. Personally I think time will show, and in 20 or 30 years it will be a lot easier to tell that these guys were doing something completely unique. Kind of like how Radiohead fans find out about CAN and realize the truth. About as contemporary as it can get, on some of their prior releases and at times on Parastrophics. Completely different strata.

dojo, Sunday, 4 November 2012 18:00 (six years ago) Permalink

Lol, dojo, I love Mouse on Mars and it's great to see someone so passionate about them, but I don't know if it's that my taste is just on a higher level than most is a statement likely to get you crucified on ilx.

emil.y, Sunday, 4 November 2012 18:11 (six years ago) Permalink

hahaha guess I should give parastrophics another listen since it didn't do much for me and now I'm a little worried about my taste levels!

I'm a pretty huge fan of their stuff up to idiology but that one never fully clicked despite my trying really REALLY hard to like it. kinda gave up after that.

original bgm, Sunday, 4 November 2012 18:26 (six years ago) Permalink

^ same here. my taste level confirms that the pinnacles of Autoditacker and Glam have yet to be matched.

nerve_pylon, Sunday, 4 November 2012 18:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Autoditacker is their best, Glam is slightly overrated if you really understand why MoM are the BOMB.

Being crucified is my specialty. Haha. I've seen repeatedly people who supposedly love electronic music but always go completely silent when MoM is mentioned. I have a habit of letting people hate me. It's for their own good, right?

Idiology is I think their most "important" album. It's the one where they push their aesthetic to its furthest limit. Not in terms of noise, but in terms of concept. They manage to create hyper-futuristic pop music while also having a certain... Schoenbergian purity... unity of structure and sound. It's utterly new. Perhaps just as new to the "song" form as Schoenberg was to the classical form back in the day. They deconstruct every level of the sound object world... from the concept-sound to the sound-sound to the production-sound to the melody-sound. LOL. They reduce pop music to an avant-garde art form with just as much validity as any given Beethoven or Mozart. The possibilities become endless.

Not only this but their melodic sense is always really enjoyable, their live show is perhaps the ONLY one which manages to blend live instruments and experimental electronics properly, and their philosophical interest adds a further dimension to the sound.

dojo, Sunday, 4 November 2012 18:40 (six years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

MoM's new internet only label, 'Recommended Records' -- have they no shame?

I always knew that green sock on the cover of their 'Diskdusk' single was a Henry Cow reference

Milton Parker, Thursday, 17 January 2013 19:06 (six years ago) Permalink

so far it's germanic beat scene shit that sounds amazing but is a little stiff, IDM-y, and scattered for, very MoM.

keef qua keef (Jordan), Thursday, 17 January 2013 19:46 (six years ago) Permalink

So far "deef" (release rr-001) is alternating Stock, Hausen and Walkman-isms with icily well-produced 2003-style IDM which can't quite decide whether to be melodic or glitchy, but it's possible this post says more about my lack of more recent/relevant reference points than deef

anyway, definitely hoping to keep track of this new netlabel project thing, thanks!

a panda, Malmö (a passing spacecadet), Thursday, 17 January 2013 19:59 (six years ago) Permalink

Ha, cheeky bastards. Loving Parastrophics now I've actually got around to hearing it, btw.

emil.y, Thursday, 17 January 2013 20:00 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Has anyone seen them live this tour? I caught them last night and it was stellar.

ferreira rocher (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 15:35 (five years ago) Permalink

I really wish I could replace all the album versions w/ recordings of what they did live last night

ferreira rocher (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 15:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Saw them last week... Was low keyed and frentic, and surprisingly fun to watch despite being pared down to its "classic" set-up (ie. no Dodo the drummer), and selecting only 2012 tracks.

peepee, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 16:01 (five years ago) Permalink

ugh i missed them

mimosa pudica (clouds), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 23:10 (five years ago) Permalink

me too :(

Gunoka Cuntles (Matt P), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 23:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Ya I really wish they'd played more old stuff (or any at all tbh) but on the flipside it makes me wanna relisten to WOW

ferreira rocher (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 6 March 2013 00:37 (five years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

this is adorable

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 25 October 2013 18:22 (five years ago) Permalink

"give an artist 10 minutes in the studio and see what they come up with" sounds so much more appealing than the reality of "give an artist 10 minutes to just noodle and jam and fart out whatever they can for 10 long minutes"

Stevie D(eux), Saturday, 26 October 2013 03:57 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

It's all true!

Tuomas, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 20:50 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

new album tomorrow guys

frogbs, Thursday, 12 April 2018 03:21 (nine months ago) Permalink

big fan of the first three but for me more mouse on meh at this point

the late great, Thursday, 12 April 2018 03:30 (nine months ago) Permalink


the masseduction of lauryn hill (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 12 April 2018 03:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

Ideology and audio tracker are their peaks

Droni Mitchell (Ross), Thursday, 12 April 2018 04:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

Fuck Varcharz was really good even tho the 20 glitch tracks at the end were a bit wtf

Droni Mitchell (Ross), Thursday, 12 April 2018 04:30 (nine months ago) Permalink


startled macropod (MatthewK), Thursday, 12 April 2018 04:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

Autoditacker just completely rules. Incredible sounds/melodies/configurations of textures.

brimstead, Thursday, 12 April 2018 04:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

^ absolutely

Droni Mitchell (Ross), Thursday, 12 April 2018 06:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

Droni Mitchell (Ross), Thursday, 12 April 2018 07:20 (nine months ago) Permalink

Autoditacker just completely rules. Incredible sounds/melodies/configurations of textures.

mmm hmm. funny how their sound became harsher & more rigid as they became more like a live band. their material from this period really sounds alive to me. like, I picture dense ecosystems & various organisms going about their day when I listen to it.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

t'Quietus review:

Jeff W, Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

This is rad

Droni Mitchell (Ross), Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

The new one is pretty amazing, on first listen. Somehow, it's like a footwork version of Laughing Stock -

neilasimpson, Friday, 13 April 2018 11:25 (nine months ago) Permalink

yeah it's great! their best in years.

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Friday, 13 April 2018 15:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

the new one's super southern fried, which is nice - i mean they've toyed with slide guitars before on Ideology and Iora Tahiti but this one is way more organic and "live" feeling, albeit still pushed through their sonic blender

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Friday, 13 April 2018 15:25 (nine months ago) Permalink

One of the best records of the year easily. Each track bleeds into the next like a proper record which feels rare these days. Like the track after foul mouth uses the vocal samples from the former as an arrangement. It’s a southern jAZZ techno record, solid gold

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Saturday, 21 April 2018 15:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

did they ever do another electropop record like radical connector? i haven't listened to any of the ones from the past decade but that was always one of my favs

ciderpress, Saturday, 21 April 2018 17:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

but yeah glam > audioditacker > everything else

ciderpress, Saturday, 21 April 2018 17:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

Rompatroullie just came up on shuffle. Man, what a brilliant track.

frogbs, Sunday, 22 April 2018 02:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

Just a fantastic record. Sound shapes constantly shifting dissolving and being reborn in completely unexpected but perfect configurations.

dsb, Sunday, 29 April 2018 02:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Respect to this band for that new record - it is like one long track - similar to what they did on Varcharz with all those glitch tracks at the end making the album reach something like 40 tracks. also the behind the scenes videos on how they made this record are super inspiring, using mobile apps that can record absolutely anywhere

but yeah audiotracker remains their best, likely has the best melodies -iora tahiti is also great. Idiology feels like where the avant garde rot set in, starting to take themselves a tad seriously. Lithops is even worse

Ross, Thursday, 9 August 2018 16:14 (five months ago) Permalink

"Lithops is even worse"
Jan spat his ideas in perfect form early on (see "Didot", "Uni Umit", "Queries" comp - which are all FLIPIN AWESOME & pretty much testify that Jan did most of the heavy lifting in Microstoria) but diminishing returns up to "ye Viols", where I got off the bus. i'm old now so MoM/ Lithops now fall into "can't be bothered to keep up with" category

massaman gai, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:51 (five months ago) Permalink

the new album is one of my favs of the year and their best in like, what, a decade? 15 yrs?

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:40 (five months ago) Permalink

Does the new album have them singing? I'd be intrigued to come back to what used to be my favourite group after 15 years, but the vocals ruined Idiology and Radical Connector, and after that album with the rock singer I just gave up on them.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:00 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah the new albums is very good, especially the brilliant opening suite.

it does feature singing but it's all guest vocals and (notwithstanding that) it's all very "vocals as another instrument" rather than focused around toplines.

Tim F, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:02 (five months ago) Permalink

Ok, I guess I should give it a try... Guest vocals don't sound as bad an idea as their own bland singing.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:04 (five months ago) Permalink

Check it out Tuomas, it is very good

Ross, Thursday, 16 August 2018 15:46 (five months ago) Permalink

tuomas what do you think

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:01 (four months ago) Permalink

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