For those of you who always wished Ian Curtis had been a bit more dear-diary, or thought that Daniel Johnston could have just taken it up a tiny notch with some dark synth, June will seem like a way-too-distant nirvana (ugh! so distant!) promising post-punk manna from tapedeck heaven. Punk philosophizer John Maus recently announced that his third album, We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves, will be released June 27 via Upset the Rhythm/Ribbon Music, and how excited are you?!? His previous records, Songs (2006) and Love is Real (2007), are full-scale sonic invasions into the dark territories of mind and heart, and listen like scattered and profound journal entries whispered (or shrieked) into a tape machine. “Quantum Leap,” Censors’s first single, is a beautifully manic and awesomely danceable track featuring choruses of haunty angels, insistent basslines, and a collage of frenzied synth glances. It’s like a laser-light show for the ears, and ought to keep you tided over until you can have the whole thing all to yourself in a few (agonizingly long) months.
Get the new LP, We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves, from Upset the Rhythm
Article by Kelly Schirmann