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Mouse on Mars
Idiology
Thrill Jockey Records


After listening to Idiology, it comes as no surprise to hear that Mouse on Marsís creators, Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner met at a death-metal concert. Idiology sounds similar to having your entire record collection dropped into a shredder and digitally reconstructed with the pieces overlapping. The new album from Mouse on Mars takes an array of varied sound and the writing skill of their guests and then transforms it with schizophrenic software manipulation avoiding any classifiable genres. The tracks twist and turn between the junkyard styled mash of distorted drum programming, the fractured vocal samples, an innovative deconstruction of acoustic instruments and ends up sounding both down right funky and even takes a little time to chill out in some of the tracks.

However like a death-metal record, the album isnít just some barrage of random noise; it is skillfully written and has its tranquil moments as well. Each sound and all the writing has its place and pleasurable purpose. In fact, Idiology could almost be considered a pop record. The writing and the more noisy elements all pounce along, sometimes at tremendous speeds, and the twisted audiophilia atmosphere is a hell of a lot more fun then the Microstoria material. Mouse on Mars successfully blends together opposing musical forces and makes really makes them work. This album deserves some well-earned praise and is highly recommended for those who truly desire something innovative.

-Justin Hardison

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  11. Fantastic Analysis


Mike Doughty



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