We Must Become The Pitiless Censors of Ourselves – Music Review

We Must Become The Pitiless Censors of Ourselves - Music Review

John Maus is a solo artist from Austin, Minnesota. On stage he seems to be just the singer, but he is actually the one who writes all of the music you hear. This is John Maus’s third official album from 2011 after his first two albums “Songs” and “Love is Real” from 2006 and 2007. John Maus is a different style of music, from synthpop to psychedelic to electronic to regular pop. There is no true way to describe his music, many believe he created his own genre of music while Maus himself believes that “the genre of music doesn’t matter as long as the music makes you want to dance around in your socks.”

The entire album has sort of this airy, ambient quality that adds to the whole John Maus experience. Personally, this is my favorite of any of John’s work. The album starts off with the song “Streetlight” which has sort of an 80’s style pop sound to it. The song is literally about walking down the streets of a city in the glow of the streetlights. The song is followed by “Quantum Leap,” which is one of my favorites. The song is very bass heavy, meaning one of the main instruments you hear is the bass guitar, which was very new for Maus at the time since most of his music was made using synthesizers. However, he’d soon find out that this would be his modern sound. The catchy bass line soon grabbed Maus with the idea of playing with a full band, so after We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves, John created a band using people he knew from other bands, including putting his brother on bass. Six years after this release, Maus released “Screen Memories” in 2017 with a full band being recorded, making it the first John Maus album with different people on it besides John.