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Screen Memories

John Maus

Screen Memories

Fourth album from the experimental pop musician from LA, his first album of new material in six years

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Ribbon Music
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  1. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Presents a slightly leaner and gloomier but no less dazzling iteration of the Dracula-does-new-wave style he forged on his earlier records
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  2. 9.0 |   Clash

    By the time the record’s penultimate track rolls around, Maus has been transformed into a near godlike figure, triumphantly surveying the ground below as a “phantom over the battlefield”
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  3. 8.6 |   Resident Advisor

    Intelligent, catchy, brimming with personality, and, in spite of a solemn outlook, a fun ride—perhaps moreso than any other John Maus album to date
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  4. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Like a great, electric, gothic symphony
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  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    He’s in his element when creating music quite unlike anything else
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A singular voice in more ways than one. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Q

    Gloriously baroque synth-pop. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   State

    Operating successfully and knowingly within a designated format but constructed from authentic materials, this is music of significantly realised ambition
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    By committing to one idea Maus has found a focal point around which to craft his own musical identity
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  10. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    It’s a thrill to encounter his singular voice
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  11. 8.0 |   Crack

    There is a sense of lethargy throughout the record but it is greatly outweighed by striking moments of ethereal bliss along with the profound reflections of an isolated intellect
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  12. 8.0 |   The Music

    Maus is back with a vengeance
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  13. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Meditates on the possibility that runaway technology will soon account for the human error altogether
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  14. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    He propels the masses into an apocalyptic party with simple and inviting gestures
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  15. 7.0 |   All Music

    Screen Memories succeeds by basking in its murky splendor
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  16. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    In a few short months his patented gargling synth loops won’t be so trendy, and the fella we’ve all grown to love will have retreated back into his own little land, away from the worries of the big wide world
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  17. 7.0 |   The 405

    As a doctorate, but also a grand-master of witty-songwriting, melodic harmonies and schizophrenic performance, he was able to gather in Screen Memories a collection of songs that reflect and certify him as a reference to his genre
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  18. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    Full of haunting, churning synth lines rendered with impressive precision, burbling over Cure-esque bass lines and under Maus doing his best Sleepy Ian Curtis
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  19. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    A sometimes brilliant, sometimes meek recording that lacks the purpose and poise of its predecessor
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  20. 6.0 |   The FT

    It is zombie music for a technologically exhausted age, intriguingly conceived but with diminishing returns as the routine repeats itself
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  21. 6.0 |   The Observer

    It’s the teenage nihilism of songs such as The Combine that proves the perfect subject for Maus’s gothic synth pop
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