Varcharz has worked it's way onto my constantly rewritten list of favorite albums. Duul is the best rock song you never will hear on radio, and Skik is the soundtrack for what's got to be the best videogame in history.
Ignoring whatever Mouse On Mars has done in the past, this is a lovely album. Well, lovely isn't really quite the right word. Varcharz reminds me of mid-2000s Autechre, but with a BEAT. Chaotic, noisy deliciousness with some 8-bit sounds thrown in for fun. Duul sounds like electronic death metal. My favourite track is probably I Go Ego Why Go We Go. This is a bit of a grower, but the sounds on here are just amazing.
Not artful or fun, just noise. Annoying. Put it in and annoy the crap out of your friends guaranteed. In any group of more than you (kidding yourself that you enjoy it), someone will say "dude...really?". Love MOM, hate this album. New direction, spew direction. Get an earlier album.
For a recap of the last couple albums, get live 05, but for the new sounds get this album. Most interesting stuff these guys have put out in a while. Very visceral sound. Do yourself a favor.
I Check out a lot of different kinds of Music, I make Music Myself, and the one thing that really grabbed me about this Artist is the sheer originality of the Music. This artist is to Music what Picasso was to Painting. That's how I feel about it. This Artist uses lots of different Sounds and Sound Effects, almost like Paints rather than how most Musicians think of putting together Tracks, this Artist thinks completely different about the whole concept, which really blew me away. I Like it! It's So Weird it's Really COOL! That's the best way to describe it.
I am a die hard fan, so I was lucky to see them perform this album live before I got the album. If I had just heard the album, I would have felt cold and alone in the universe. Fortunately the way you need to listen to this is LOUD! This is probably their most forceful and ripping collection of tracks. It's very divergent from their previous works in being so raw and animalistic. There is still the trademark MOM uber-layering of sound. People who like hardcore will love this and people who like their tracks a little more subdued will most likely shy away from this one. Emusic took a selection of tracks that were less than 10 seconds and combined them to one track. The cool thing about the separate tracks is that you could put them on shuffle and get a weird personal performance.
Mouse on Mars has picked up where Niun Niggung left off: with thick, dirty instrumentals. Don't get me wrong, this is an updated sound and a unique album in MOM's catalog (just like the rest), and the unwanted orchestral stuff has been jettisoned. I've been waiting a while for this album, and I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. I can't wait for the Eek-a-Modest-Mouse-on-Mars 3-way collab.