Originally a native of Austin, Minnesota, the brainy, experimental synth-popper John Maus moved to California after high school, eventually meeting and collaborating with fellow avant outsider Ariel Pink. His breakthrough came five years after his debut, with 2011’s We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves proving much better received than his divisive early work, his melodies gleaming brighter than before. Maus took a lengthy hiatus from music, earning his Ph.D., but he eventually returned to Minnesota and recorded two albums, 2017’s Screen Memories and the companion piece Addendum, using a custom-built modular synthesizer. With LUKDLX.
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John Maus is a truly enigmatic musician. Broadly cut from the synth pop cloth, he’s fashioned the frosty minimalism of its fabric into a cloak of infinite meaning, genuine grace and absurdist humor over the course of three defining albums since 2006. His music is a highly mutable affair, whilst often described as retro-futurist on behalf of the 80’s drum machines and synth sounds employed, John’s music is more personal than the nostalgic re-tread implied.
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