ADDENDUM RIBBON, OUT 18 MAY
Spectral return from America’s professor of pop.
Like his former college roommate Ariel Pink, synth-pop polymath John Maus affects to be the most awkward of performers, the reluctant star who forces himself into the limelight. It’s true Maus has loftier distractions – he recently spent two years completing a doctorate in political science. But this companion piece to 2017’ s engagingly arch Screen Memories is a reminder of his talent for delivering gothic-pop miniatures infused with wry humour. Dumpster Baby sounds like John Waters doing Bauhaus; Mind The Droves twists post-punk into kinky knots; and the mordant 1987 refracts ’ 80s nostalgia through a coldwave hall of mirrors. An intriguing, if not quite essential, addition to the Maus canon. Listen To: Dumpster Baby | Mind The Droves | 1987