John Maus - "Pure Rockets"
Plus he's funny, from his myspace:
REVIEWS OF 'SONGS' (2006)If you can't laugh at yourself...laugh at the critics.
It took this Ariel Pink cohort five years to write and record his debut album, and only five minutes to become more annoying than Ariel Pink.
For me, this is just too weird. The first couple of tracks make this the most skip-able album of 2006.
Apparently, Maus spent five years working on this album, which is a shame because, frankly, its awful.
There isn't one song you could call 'good' on the whole album.
Overall, I can't recommend this album even as a novelty listen. Maybe I just don't get it. It seems as if Maus sabotages practically any hint of an interesting melody, lyric, or instrumental part with a blatantly grating one at almost every turn.
Maus's baroquely deadpan voice - and thats being polite - effectively spoils many a song. Some will hear a little Nick Cave in it; others will hear a man crapping out of his mouth.
-Drowned in Sound
If it is supposed to be funny, it is not. If it is meant seriousy, then Maus needs some SERIOUS help.
REVIEWS OF 'LOVE IS REAL' (2007)
His music now lacks the surreal, jarring juxtapositions that made his earlier work such a rewardingly confounding experience. Maus seems content to sing his heart out instead of rattling cages, which is rather a shame.