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Mouse On Mars

Parastrophics

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March 26, 2012

German producers Mouse on Mars have a gift for making electronic bleeps and buzzes sound like tangible objects that bounce, bend and collide in physical space. Parastrophics, their tenth studio album if you're not counting a side project with the Fall's Mark E. Smith, is a surreal pop record that gleefully warps the tones and inflections of modern radio tunes into funhouse mirror abstractions. It's disorienting stuff, but pleasantly so, particularly as they stretch a Jam and Lewis-era Janet Jackson hook like taffy in "Polaroyced," smear vocals into a ear-catching blur on the frantically funky "They Know Your Name" and drop hyperkinetic hip-hop beats on "Baku Hipster."

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