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Maus Haus

Lark Marvels

(Pretty Blue Presents; US: 29 Oct 2008; UK: 28 Oct 2008)

It comes as no surprise that San Francisco sextet Maus Haus is receiving the full support of the blogosphere. There is a lot to be said for music that manages to be as weird as this is yet equally as catchy. A unique hybrid pulsing with indie, Krautrock, classic pop, and electronica, their debut full-length Lark Marvels hits the slightly less ominous spot between Black Moth Super Rainbow, Bruce Haack, Broadcast, and the United States Of America. The lyrics are soaked in absurdist humor and visceral imagery, while the instrumentals run through influences like a remote control wielding, ADD addled child blows past TV channels.


For those who sometimes feel like a nut and sometimes don’t, at the exact same time, Maus Haus will scratch all of your itches. It is one thing to collect influences like Cub Scout badges, and another to display those forces without crumbling into an aimless, cluttered mess. Lark Marvels maintains a delicate balance of nostalgic hodgepodge (without being as obvious as The Choral’s Magic and Medicine) and focused artistic vision. It’s a trip that grants you the room to go crazy without feeling to need shove you over the edge.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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