Hi Steve and welcome to the Maushaus!
I think it's great that you discovered Ariel via R. Stevie and not vice versa, as is probably the case with most of us here. Personally, I was listening to Ariel for a few years but never delved too much until I heard John Maus in a completely separate context, promptly became obsessed, then traced back through all of Ariel's work out of added interest. My sister and I are always talking about how John and Ariel's music is so comparatively disparate in spite of them each seeking the same element of 'truth' through pop music. Ariel's sound is denser, more claustrophobic. John's seems grander, more infinite and close to evoking the divine.
Good choice for your favourite record, too. I don't think anything can knock Tago-Mago out of my Can top spot, though.
Indeed, this place isn't always heaving, but I think that's one of its many good points. There is meaningful discussion (as well as the absurd) and it always makes for interesting reading. I'm continually surprised by the like minds I've found here and made some forever friends out of it.
I would encourage you to post some of your music on these forums as we seem inundated with creative types who are all eager to support each other and give honest opinions.
Thanks for the kind welcome, Lady L. For the record, I think Tago Mago is a classic too.
I may share some of my music on here if the occasion permits, we'll see.
Fully immersing myself in John Maus music these past 24 hours (first time!), by the way. I'm liking this stuff a lot.