Germany - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 14 - 12/14/97
Mouse On Mars
Mouse On Mars is one of the leading bands in the modern electronic music
genre in Germany. Their music can't be adequately described as techno
since it isn't really dance music. Even the term IDM (short for
'intelligent dance music' - techno style music which ironically isn't
meant to be for dancing, but rather for listening to at home) doesn't stick
very well. Instead Mouse On Mars create their own style by blending
techno elements, jazz, easy listening, ambient and drum&bass with dub-style
production, strange bleeps and noises.
There are no vocals on this record except for some vocal samples on two tracks,
which don't have any real lyrical meaning. Even the song titles don't say
much, sometimes they're made of intentionally misspelled words that create
an image by looking familiar at first glance, but don't make any sense in
The result is sonically interesting, and experimental but very relaxed
stuff. Good background music for doing the dishes in the homes of fans of
experimental music. Some rhythms remind me of an old Weather Report
record that I have, so I think it could also make great background music
for a cool bar in the late nineties.
And this is also the low point of the album - despite the interesting
effects, the music flows far too smooth to make a lasting impression. Once
the record is over, you've already forgotten most of it, but then this is
exactly the thing some people are looking for.
The future of easy listening ? Perhaps ...
The album is available on CD or double vinyl. Distributed by Rough Trade.
Copyright © 1997 Lonely Locke