Paavli․LIVE: John Maus (US)

Pühapäev, 10. november kell 19:00 - Esmaspäev, 11. november kell 00:00

Paavli Kultuurivabrik • Paavli 7, 10412 Tallinn, Harju maakond, Eesti

We know it’s been too long since we saw him last, but the man who once searched for the perfect pop song, John Maus (US) returns to Tallinn and will bring his riveting display of emotion to Paavli Kultuurivabrik. Maus, whose stage presence has been described as “teeming with energy to the point where he could just blow up”, will perform at Paavli on the 10th of November.

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 humour over the course of his five 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 retread implied.

There’s a cinematic quality to his songs, with pathos conjured through propelling bass-lines, trailing arpeggios and of course his deeply resonant vocal. Moroder helped map out the territory but Maus is more interested in seeking cadence through his love of Renaissance polyphony and the experimentation behind post punk. It’s an amalgamation of musical ideas as radical as its intent.

Maus is a ‘man out of time’ trying to make sense of the inhumanity of our world through his mobilisation of the language of punk rock. His aim is true as he reaches for the seemingly impossible. It’s a want to emerge as part of greater multiplicity, to appear, to become, to connect that powers his songs and the man himself.

It’s now been twelve years since the widely lauded album We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves (2011) appeared like a thunderbolt of maniacal energy and turned everyone’s heads. Now regarded as an experimental pop classic, Pitiless Censors was a huge breakthrough for Maus as a recognised artist and led to a vast reappraisal of his past work.

Since then he has released two albums—Screen Memories (2017) that unfolds like a pageant, with its variety of songs tendering sunshine and shadow throughout, and its sister release, Addendum (2018). Recently John has been busy exploring soundtrack opportunities and is currently prepping a new album proper.


Paavli Kultuurivabrik • Paavli 7, 10412 Tallinn, Harju maakond, Eesti

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