Mouse on Mars

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Di­men­sional Peo­ple

Since the be­gin­ning, Mouse on Mars have brought in guest mu­si­cians, vo­cal­ists and lyri­cists to help shape their dis­tinc­tive brand of IDM. On Di­men­sional Peo­ple, col­lab­o­ra­tion doesn’t just play an im­por­tant part in the al­bum’s sound, it’s be­come the sole M.O. The 13 tracks that make up the Ger­man band’s 11th LP find them record­ing, writ­ing and col­lab­o­rat­ing with a wide swath of artists, in­clud­ing Bon Iver’s Justin Ver­non, the Na­tional’s Aaron and Bryce Dess­ner, Beirut’s Zach Con­don and rap­per Spank Rock, along­side 41 oth­ers, to craft a dizzy­ing ar­ray of sounds and vo­cals.

Not only do songs on Di­men­sional Peo­ple grat­i­fy­ingly clat­ter and clash up against each other — the gloss of “Di­men­sional Peo­ple Part III” blends into the stri­dent hip-hop of “Foul Mouth” while the avant-guard knob noodling of “Par­lia­ment of Aliens, Part I” brazenly rubs up against the tight foot­work beats of “Day­light” — but the duo have cho­sen not to em­ploy an abun­dance of elec­tronic mu­si­cians, in­stead fo­cus­ing on vo­cal­ists, sax­o­phon­ists, banjo play­ers, vi­o­lin­ists and oth­ers to craft a true spec­trum of sounds and ideas. And in what may be their most re­veal­ing de­ci­sion, Mouse on Mars elect not to spec­ify which of these 45 mu­si­cians worked on what spe­cific tracks, al­low­ing the lis­tener to let go of the no­tion of “fea­ture artists,” giv­ing the au­di­ence a clear head in or­der to prop­erly ab­sorb the won­der­ful, com­pelling and down­right bonkers sounds they man­aged to piece to­gether, cour­tesy of these “di­men­sional peo­ple.” (Thrill Jockey, www.thrilljockey.com)

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