Incoming: New Mouse On Mars

Into the valley of the Parastrophics..


By Blurt Staff


Germany’s Mouse On Mars – Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma – are set to drop their first
studio album in six years. After nine records released on labels such as
Domino, Thrill Jockey, Ipecac and Rough Trade, Mouse on Mars have now
found a home on one of today’s most prolific electronic music labels: Monkeytown. After Siriusmo’s Mosaik, Modeselektor’s Monkeytown,
and eLan’s Next 2 Last,
Mouse on Mars will release their 10th album, Parastrophics on February
28. Two years ago the band relocated their studio to Monkeytown’s
homebase of Berlin
where Parastrophics was recorded and mixed.


It’s billed as an “album with singing bass drums, screwed up
beats, tinnitus synths and some of the deepest bass the universe has to offer, 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.”


Whoah! Anyhow, if anyone
can pull off “glamorous, funky and deep,” it’s MOM. We have the record shelf of
import records and limited edition 12″ singles to prove it…


Toma and St. Werner have been more than busy in the
intervening years since the release of their last studio album as a duo, Varcharz (2006). They collaborated with The Fall’s Mark E. Smith as Von Südenfed and released Tromatic Reflexxions on Domino. Both Toma and St. Werner produce independently for their Sonig label. St. Werner has worked on
solo records under several monikers, written pieces for classical
instrumentation and electronics, did music for installations, and acted as the
artistic director of the Amsterdam Institute for Electronic Music, steim. Toma has also produced Moondog, Stereolab, Junior Boys
and The Fall.


One of their most recent projects, Paeanumnion, has been as
unique as the rest of their career – an orchestral piece which didn’t play by
any of the rules. As Jan Werner said, “it was a way for us to carry on being an
electronic band, only without electronics.” As always, he’s not being entirely
serious. Both Jan and Andi were on stage throughout this hour-long voyage,
playing their own digitally-crafted sounds and processing the orchestra at the
same time.


Mouse on Mars
have also developed their own musical software which they used in the
production of Parastrophics as well as in the their live performances of




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