You’ve got to love John Maus. No, really: you’ve got to love John Maus.
The Minnesota pop deconstructionist is set to return on June 27 with a new album, We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves (that’s a shoo-in for title the of the year right there). It will be released through new label Ribbon Music in North America, and by the trusty Upset The Rhythm throughout the rest of the world.
Former Ariel Pink sideman Maus has carved out an interesting niche for himself since the release of his solo debut, Songs, in 2006, making queasily emotive and reverb-soaked synthesizer music that seems all the more relevant in light of the world’s current obsession with minimal wave and hypnagogic pop.
We Must Become The Pitiless Censors of Ourselves – which also happens to have one of the best sleeve designs of 2011 so far – finds Maus building on the playful yet robust sound of his sophomore effort Love Is Real, offering a similar level of introspection but also capturing some of the ragged intensity and physicality of his live shows. Download ‘Quantum Leap’ from the LP below.
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 Break Through
John Maus live dates:
16.03.2011 TX – Austin – ND Venue (Altered Zones Party)
17.03.2011 TX – Austin – Victory Grill (Moog Party)
25.03.2011 DE – Frankfurt – Globe For Frankfurt and the World
26.03.2011 UK – Manchester – Islington Mill *
27.03.2011 UK – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club *
28.03.2011 UK – Newcastle – Star & Shadow Cinema *
29.03.2011 UK – Glasgow – Mono *
31.03.2011 UK – Bristol – The Croft *
01.04.2011 UK – London – Bussey Building (Upset The Rhythm’s Spaghetti Tree) ±
02.04.2011 FR – Paris – La Fleche D’or *
04.04.2011 DE – Hamburg – Golden Pudel
05.04.2011 DE – Nürnberg – K4
06.04.2011 BE – Brussels – Les Ateliers Claus
07.04.2011 NL – Tilburg – Incubate
09.04.2011 DE – Berlin – HAU
10.04.2011 CZ – Prag – 007
22.05.2011 UK – Cheshire – Friends Of Mine Festival
* with PLUG
± with Dan Deacon, PLUG, Munch Munch and Design A Wave