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Dimensional People is the eleventh album by innovative German electronic fellas, Mouse On Mars. It sees them back on the Chicago-based Thrill Jockey label and is a star-studded affair featuring Justin Vernon, The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Zach Condon of Beirut, Spank Rock and Sam Amidon to name a few. It’s gotta be good, right? Limited edition coloured vinyl or standard black vinyl versions both come pressed on virgin vinyl with an 8-page 11”x11” booklet, CD is presented in a mini-LP style gatefold sleeve.


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  • LP £20.99
  • Not in stock / Usually ships in 2-3 days ?
  • Shipping cost: £3.15 ?
  • NormanPoints: 210 ?
  • THRILL461LPX / Indies only coloured vinyl LP on Thrill Jockey, pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged with an 8-page full colour 11” x 11” booklet
  • Includes download code

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  • CD £13.49
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  • THRILL461CD / CD on Thrill Jockey, in mini-LP style gatefold package

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REVIEWS

Dimensional People by Mouse On Mars
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 18 April 2018

It does look somewhat like Mouse on Mars skimmed through the Pitchfork Book of Indie Cool to choose their guests for this opus. For Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) Aaron & Bryce Dessner (the National) and Zach Condon (Beirut) feature alongside 40 other guests. Impressive though their list is it's kinda disappointing that such a unique band and one that collaborated successfully with Mark E Smith no less have gone down such a Pitchfork approved route.

However, if getting these guests involved helps the innovative Germans reach a new audience I'm fine with it. Though I just smell a bit of 'No Pier Pressure' to be honest...and for the uninitiated that's the Brian Wilson album which shoehorned young smooth rock upstarts awkwardly into it's grooves. The opening three part title track is probably the best thing here. It veers through all kind of channels of jittery electronics culminating in a most lovely breakdown that recalls the splintered musics of the likes of Talk Talk and Gastr Del Sol. Justin Vernon's vocoder is luckily only sparingly used. 

The remit here seems to be to make the jitteriest record ever and have guests emote over the top of it. What this means for your weekend is that musically it's constantly innovative and the spliced up vocals work to good effect, the guests though can sound out of place. Robin could probably tell me who the rapper is on 'Aviation' but I'm not sure if it blends. The worst but of the entire record is experimental nonentity 'Parliament of Aliens Part 1' which is features my two worst things  - screeching instruments and autotune. Awful.   

Mouse on Mars are at their best when they match their experimental bent with playfulness and humour which means 'Daylight' and 'Tear To My Eye' are much more enjoyable particularly the latter with it's lovely guitar figures which twine seamlessly with the groups blistered kraut tronica. 

It's a bold, vibrant and daring LP that sometimes doesn't work. But when it does it's fairly spectacular. Taken in one sitting you'll never want to hear a chopped vocal again, but tracks like closer 'Sidney in a Cup' make the whole effort worthwhile  - coming on like a laid back the Avalanches.

But be prepared there's some hard work ahead.   


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