Known more for their dance floor releases, Berlin-based duo Mouse on Mars (Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner) have announced Dimensional People (Thrill Jockey, April 13th), their most inventive release to date featuring a host of collaborators including Aaron and Bryce Dessner (The National), Zach Condon (Beirut), Spank Rock, Swamp Dogg, Eric D. Clark, Lisa Hannigan, Amanda Blank, Sam Amidon, and Ensemble Musikfabrik. Take a listen to their lead single featuring Justin Vernon – Dimensional People Part 3:
Dimensional People reveals Mouse on Mars working deep within their own vernacular, digging into their inexhaustible vault of digital and acoustic experimentation, and charismatically making elemental components new again. This album makes clear how their craft is of discovery, of finding new contexts for places, sounds, memories, sensations, ambiences, technologies, relationships, and of course, people.
Dimensional People gives each participating guest a platform to imprint the album as whoever or whatever they want to be: a narrator, a perfect moment, a jam, an ensemble member, an abstract sound, a multiple persona, a mood, a soloist. Originally premiering as a spatial composition using object-based mixing technology that plays with possibilities of sonic design and collective musicianship, the Dimensional People recording expands upon these ideas. It is a conceptual puzzle composed around one harmonic spectrum within one rhythmic scheme, mostly in the tempo of 145bpm (inspired by Chicago Footwork).
In the months to come, Dimensional People will be realized through installation, presenting the work as an immersive listening experience, as well as performance.
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