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John Maus

john-maus-28ith its hyperactive shifts of harmony and grand flourishes of swirling echo. I am a phantom over the battlefield booms Maus miles above the vast acres of dazzling bright melody. Many of Johns lyrics adopt this Spartan approach, yet their reiteration throughout the song bears up with their meaning shifting through repetition. Teenage Witch and Pets deploy a similar tactic, the latter teaming up one of Johns most droll lyrics with a colossal bass figure integrally linked to the song as a whole by way of forgotten thematic devices such as augmentation, stretto, and inversion. The lyrics at the end of the track underscore the albums eschatological bent, standing between time and its end. Decide Decide finds Maus in dreamier climes, its arrangement of drums and exquisitely eddying keyboard lines tumble evocatively into huge oceans of ambience. Comparably quixotic synth-drifts come to the fore on Edge Of Forever too, the song sounding as if it was beamed in from a distant celestial sphere. Touchdown meanwhile is a great example of how Maus builds apprehension within his songs, its a primed and focused anthem, all scintillating keys and monumental beat. The tension only breaks once for a decidedly ebullient interlude with Maus echoing commands to forward drive across the line! That same feeling of your heart-racing away from you is also present in the taut track The People Are Missing (the only condition upon which any real politics can be founded), which captures some of the intensity and passion of Johns frenzied live performances. Bombs Away draws the album to a close. The track sounds like a chase becoming a hunt and was co-written by Matt Fishbeck and Ariel Pink (whom Maus used to play with in Haunted Graffiti). Through the whole album Maus has an undeniable talent in grasping the mettle of each song, reaching within and building up a sincere core, before teasing out the edges in acknowledgement to the very ridiculousness of its existence. Rather than creating these s
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Start:
February 11, 2018
End:
February 11, 2018
Where:
Union Transfer 1026 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123 United States
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Event Type:
Concerts & Music
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