After lifting the curtain on their new album, Dimensional People, and sharing the lead single ‘Dimensional People III‘ featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Mouse On Mars are getting us even more excited. Ahead of the album’s release on April 13th through Thrill Jockey, the duo of Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner have dropped a celestial new track, ‘Foul Mouth’, featuring Amanda Blank and Zach Codon (Beirut). Listen to it below.
It seems that every six years, the astral body that is Mouse on Mars comes close enough to earth to drop a full-length album. We are about to witness one of those events with a new album arriving this spring, following 2012’s Parastrophic and 2006’s Varcharz. Entitled Dimensional People, it saw the duo of Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner team up with a stellar cast of contributors, including Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Zach Condon of Beirut, Spank Rock, Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Lisa Hannigan, amongst many more.
The record, and as the press release describes, “reveals them working deep within their own vernacular, digging into fertile terrain of their inexhaustible vault of digital and acoustic experimentation, and charismatically making elemental components new again”. Inspired by Chicago footwork, Dimensional People “is a conceptual puzzle composed around one harmonic spectrum within one rhythmic scheme, mostly in the tempo of 145bpm.”
The album is set for release on April 13th through Thrill Jockey and Mouse on Mars have already shared a first taste of it, ‘Dimensional People Part III’. Take a listen now.
Last year saw German avant-garde electronic veterans Mouse On Mars drop two releases. In February the duo of Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma released their 10th studio album Parastrophics. They followed it in November with another album, Wow, which features collaborations with Vietnamese visual and performance artist Dao Anh Khanh and Argentinian punk rock band Las Kellies.
The pair are now offering a bonus cut from the Wow sessions as a free download. According to Mouse On Mars, this previously unreleased track was not included in Wow “because it would have blown the whole album away”. It will blow you away too.
The duo of Jan St Werner and Andi Toma offered up yesterday ‘They Know Your Name’ as the new single off Parastropics. The single is available on a limited 7″ and it includes a brand new rework by Mouse On Mars themselves on the A-side and a remix by Machinedrum on the B-side. You can get it here.
Coinciding with the release, Mouse On Mars have unleashed a video for ‘They Know Your Name’. The video was edited by Pfadfinderei using footage from various biological cell studies. Mouse On Mars explained how it all happened:
“A few weeks ago, our French friend Charles Baroud (Laboratoire d’ Hydrodynamique (LadHyX) / Ecole Polytechnique) told us about his newest experiments: He is now able to color drops and stretch surfaces in a way that the colors don’t leak and the drop keeps its form, even if mixed with other fluids. Those experiments are used for cell biology research, but also create – as a side effect – really esthetic and crazy patterns. When Charles sent us a few clips of his experiments, we immediately thought that those images would match our track “They Know Your Name” perfectly. Charles then bought a high res camera (he, as the boss of his institution, is allowed to do so) and recorded some really cool video clips of the red drop, which we lovingly babtized “Steve Verlaine”. We then asked Berlin based visual artists Pfadfinderei to get this material to swing.”
There’s more thrilling news from the Mouse On Mars world. The pair will drop a new EP entitled Wow on November 2nd. The new effort includes collaborations with Vietnamese visual and performance artist Dao Anh Khanh and Argentinian punk rock band Las Kellies.
Whilst we wait for it to drop, check out the video for ‘They Know Your Name’ below.
Avant-garde electronic veterans Mouse on Mars have not released a new album in six long years.
Next month will see the end of their hiatus as they return with their 10th studio album called Parastrophics, the follow up to 2006’s Varcharz.
The duo comprising Jan St Werner and Andi Toma recorded and mixed Parastrophics in Berlin over the last two years. They’ve used their own musical software developed originally for “Paeanumnion”, an orchestral-backed project.
In the words of Mouse On Mars, “Parastrophics is a thriving vision of the other side of experimental music. Discordance turns into pop as Alice in Wonderland bounces her booty to laser bass sounds, the likes of which would make Walt Disney jealously ponder the question, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Parastrophics is glamorous, funky and deep. No speakers exist that could display all the details of such grand production.”
Listen below to a sneak preview of “Wienuss” and “Syncropticians”, the fourth and sixth track off Parastrophics.