Boomkat Product Review:
Arch electronic experimenter Jan St. Werner of Mouse on Mars initiates Thrill Jockey's Fiebplatter series with a suite of abstract yet emotive compositions melding elements of jazz and electro-acoustic concrète with avant-garde strategy. It's a further flung sound than any of us have heard from his diverse work in Mouse On Mars, Lithops or the Von Sudenfed trio with Mark E Smith, among others, working to an idea that "the Fiebplatter catalogue series is not a band or composer concept but a re-treasuring of musical material displaying a parallel view on sound and musical structures." In this sense he's divining a meeting place between "popular" and "academic" musics, deconstructing avant-garde abstraction with an instinctive, lyrical feel for melody and harmony, whilst rendering noirish jazz and free rock structures stranger with cutting edge technical expertise. Great stuff.