For those that stumble upon this site without knowing much about John Maus:
Everyone, how would you describe him and/or his music? I recently referred to his music as lo-fi eerie melodrama for the ear
. Use as many or as few words as you want.
Here's what some other people had to say:
John Maus is a maniac on a bloody crusade; a tortured evangelist on a mercenary quest to rid our world of villainous defilers of The Gospel of True Love. By turns shockingly infectious and disarmingly unpredictable, his music conflates a perplexing marriage of Moroder's 'Never Ending Story' and classical 12-tone renegades of 20th century past, harking THE NEW path which resurrects romance from its post-modern shackles, and reignites the promise of a better world.
John Maus lives and works in Austin, Minnesota. Although best known as a core member of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and keyboard player with Animal Collective's Panda Bear, Maus is a musician with a distinctive sound of his own.
|Myspace of the Maus wrote:|
It took this Ariel Pink cohort five years to write and record his debut album, and only five minutes to become more annoying than Ariel Pink.
For me, this is just too weird. The first couple of tracks make this the most skip-able album of 2006.
Apparently, Maus spent five years working on this album, which is a shame because, frankly, its awful.
There isn't one song you could call 'good' on the whole album.
Overall, I can't recommend this album even as a novelty listen. Maybe I just don't get it. It seems as if Maus sabotages practically any hint of an interesting melody, lyric, or instrumental part with a blatantly grating one at almost every turn.
Maus's baroquely deadpan voice - and thats being polite - effectively spoils many a song. Some will hear a little Nick Cave in it; others will hear a man crapping out of his mouth.
-Drowned in Sound
If it is supposed to be funny, it is not. If it is meant seriousy, then Maus needs some SERIOUS help.
But don't take my word for it!