Tuesday, March 13, 2012

mouse on mars: "polaroyced", "entrotopy" & "slices interview'

Early this month I received the brand spanking new Mouse on Mars CD "Parastrophics" in the mail, and with the weather getting a lot warmer in these parts, the music on disc is starting to make even more sense to me now. Yes, M.O.M. are back, after a six year hiatus, and after nearly twenty years of making fresh electronic music, assimilating a grand buffet of sound, cultures and beats into what can only be described as, well, Mouse On Mars music. The duo, comprised of Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma, have never been ones known for compromise as M.O.M., as well as with their solo projects and collaborations, and Parastrophics is no exception. After flirting with some hard rock and noise influences on their last album, with mixed results, the duo are back in top form, however even for seasoned listeners like myself, it can be quite a lot to digest in one forty-five minute sitting. That's why this one's taken a while to grow on me, with so much sound packed into one small package. While Parastrophics doesn't reach the musical heights of their late 1990s/early 2000s sound (think "Autoditacker", "Niun Niggung" or "Idiology"), at least in my humble opinion, there are some golden moments, two of which I included here, including the awesome vid for "Polaroyced", reminiscent of Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker" video, without the crass, as well as the track "Entrotopy", which sounds like a brilliant alien's take on Caribbean Soca music.  In the meantime, if you're interested in how the excellent album art came about, check out the blog post at Plastic Circles, who kindly used my Instagram photos for the post.