steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion

Micose & the Mau Maus

Self-titled CDR


Genres: experimental, junk music

June 6 - 12 2005

I don't know how to define this record, but I like it.  Micose & the Mau Maus play gritty, torn-apart experimental music that thrives on explosive atmospheres and severely intense beats.  This self-titled album is often a very abrasive affair, but that doesn't mean it is unlistenable - things are quite the opposite, actually; for an open-minded listener, this type of music is in a league of its own.

The instruments used on this record are they key to its unique sound - in addition to a 6-string banjo and something called a cavaquinho, M&theMMs make use of junk percussion (think pans, bottles, metal parts), field recordings, samplers, and heavily processed guitar and bass.  The concoction sounds like it belongs on RRR or the American Tapes label, but it's a far more accessible style.  From "Whistlee" to "--=----," the tracks concern themselves primarily with relentless bash-beating and rhythmic experimentalism - there are only brief moments of deeper atmospherics, like the first part of "Flying Trouser Attack."  As such, this is not the type of record you pull out to relax yourself - it is more of a cathartic experience, like Merzbow but easier on the ears.  Good stuff.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 9 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2005]