Anna Calvi and We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves by John Maus reviewby Jim Pinckney
WE MUST BECOME THE PITILESS CENSORS OF OURSELVES (Upset the Rhythm/Rhythm Method), album number three from John Maus, finds the Ariel Pink and Panda Bear collaborator taking further strides with his lo-fi chants. It doesn’t have a standalone gem like Do Your Best from previous album Love is Real, but the combination of malignant John Carpenter-esque 80s synths and vocals that are a budget-version of the Sisters of Mercy’s Andrew Eldritch is worked to perfection. That Maus manages to balance his almost absurd simplistic new-wavey compositions with studying for a PhD in political philosophy at the University of Hawaii makes it all the more intriguing.
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