Wednesday, 2 March 2011


Ok, it's been a long time coming, but we're happy to announce today that JOHN MAUS' third album 'We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves' will be released through Upset The Rhythm on June 27th. This post here gives us an opportunity to share with you the tracklisting, some words about the album (more on John's artist page on and the artwork to the new album and today's free track 'Quantum Leap', track 2 from the new record. So without further ado here's some official gubbins...

FREE mp3 available NOW for "Quantum Leap":

John Maus - Quantum Leap (Upset The Rhythm / Ribbon Music)

John Maus, the Minnesotan pop enigma, returns this June with his eagerly awaited third album entitled ‘We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves’. The album will be released through Upset The Rhythm on June 27th in UK, Europe, Australia and Japan and via great new imprint Ribbon Music in North America on June 28th. Here's the cover art below, shining out like a beacon of hope.

‘We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves’

01. Streetlight
02. Quantum Leap
03. … And The Rain
04. Hey Moon
05. Keep Pushing On
06. The Crucifix
07. Head for the Country
08. Cop Killer
09. Matter of Fact
10. We Can Break Through
11. Believer

JOHN MAUS lives in his birthplace of Austin, Minnesota. Whilst working towards his PhD in Political Science he also composes music that taps into melancholic fantasy and affirms that we are all truly alive. Questing synthesisers, tensely strung bass lines and chasing drum machines providing the perfect backdrop for John's deeply resonant reverb-drenched vocal. Born in the decade of synth pop and sharing his birthday with George Frideric Handel, John started making music when Nirvana posters went up on every teenager’s wall. It’s this curious conflux of influences that partially helps to describe John’s music. It’s a world where the Germs jam with Jerry Goldsmith, Cabaret Voltaire relocate to Eternia and Josquin des Prez writes a new score for RoboCop. The confrontation of punk, the fleeting poignancy of 80’s movie soundtracks, the insistent pulse of Moroder and the spirituality of Medieval and Baroque music all find salvation in John Maus.

John Maus’ debut album proper entitled ‘Songs’ was released in 2006. It was a record permeated with aching memories; a perfect testimony to lost romance and longing. It’s awe-inspired follow-up ‘Love Is Real’ (released on UTR, 2007) proved a more cohesive listen in terms of focus and emotional depth. Maus finally returned last year to the heavy snows of the Midwest to finish album number three, ‘We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves’, set for release this June.

This is the artwork for free track Quantum Leap which will also appear on iTunes later today.

‘We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves’ breaks new ground for Maus. The shirt pulling and air punching of his impassioned live performance is finally captured in all its frenzied appeal alongside a tender inner space. ‘Pitiless Censors’ looks towards the future in all its absurdity. It’s a record where promise takes the lead for the first time, providing a counterpoint to John’s default existential calling. This is perhaps best shown with new track ‘Quantum Leap’ available through the link above and via iTunes as of now. ‘Quantum Leap’, a song full of dead zones, glancing slaps and oscillating solos. “Heart to heart, mind to mind, we are the ones who seem to travel through time,” intones Maus resolutely through the mist. John’s lyrics are as likely to touch upon themes of Cronenberg gore just as much as the musings of Jacques Rancière. It’s this no-brow approach that makes things interesting, casting Maus as a savant and allowing his music to startle us in ways whereby we open up to the unimaginable.

If that's wet your interest here's a list of John's impending live performances too at SXSW and throughout darkest Europe.

John Maus LIVE Schedule

16.03.2011 TX – Austin – ND Venue (Altered Zones Party)
17.03.2011 TX – Austin – Victory Grill (Moog Party)
25.03.2011 DE – Frankfurt – Globe For Frankfurt and the World
26.03.2011 UK – Manchester – Islington Mill *
27.03.2011 UK – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club *
28.03.2011 UK – Newcastle – Star & Shadow Cinema *
29.03.2011 UK – Glasgow – Mono *
31.03.2011 UK – Bristol – The Croft *
01.04.2011 UK – London – Bussey Building (Upset The Rhythm’s Spaghetti Tree) ±
02.04.2011 FR – Paris – La Fleche D’or *
04.04.2011 DE – Hamburg – Golden Pudel
05.04.2011 DE – Nürnberg – K4
06.04.2011 BE – Brussels – Les Ateliers Claus
07.04.2011 NL – Tilburg – Incubate
09.04.2011 DE – Berlin – HAU
10.04.2011 CZ – Prag – 007
22.05.2011 UK – Cheshire – Friends Of Mine Festival

* with PLUG
± with Dan Deacon, PLUG, Munch Munch and Design A Wave


^ John Maus PR Contact: Lisa Durrant |
Press materials available upon request.

^ Upset the Rhythm website:
^ Ribbon Music website:
^ Photo Credit - Jennifer Juniper Stratford

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