Archive for the Ribbon Music Category
The fourth album from Lower Dens, The Competition is a pop album with a concept both emotionally and politically urgent, dealing with modern capitalism and its psychotic effects. Its 11 songs range in scope from the personal to the political, but overall express an epiphany: you need radical and unquestioning […]
Longtime underground music figure and recent Ariel Pink associate puts a bizarre and creepy spin on synth-pop wherein the tragic collides with the ridiculous in the most garish way possible.
Kicking off with the prosaically titled ‘Opening’, Maus plunges us into a grandstanding bout of church organ that climbs and climbs… Before wrapping itself up with the minimum of fuss. From here, ‘Time To Die’ introduces us to that signature vocal style that has an Ian Curtis bruise atop it’s […]
John Maus lives in his birthplace of Austin, Minnesota. Whilst working towards his PhD in Political Science, he also composes music that taps into melancholic fantasy and affirms that we are all truly alive. Questing synthesizers, tensely strung bass lines and chasing drum machines providing the perfect backdrop for John’s […]
Django Django, a London four-piece often decked out in matching sci-fi T-shirts like a krautrock beach volleyball team, are masters of merging flesh and diode. Earlier albums have sounded like a bunch of twitchy cyborgs playing rootsy rock’n’roll tunes, or a load of ’50s Link Wray licks and ’90s Beta […]
Broadly cut from the synth pop cloth, Maus has fashioned the frosty minimalism of its fabric into a cloak of infinite meaning, genuine grace and absurdist humor over the course of three defining albums since 2006. His fourth album Screen Memories, follows six years after 2011’s We Must Become The […]