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ribbon music release on behalf of john maus, throughout the world, a sixteen song collection of music spanning eleven years of creative output titled 'a collection of rarities and previously unreleased material'. of the sixteen songs showcased, five: 'this is the beat,' 'castles in the grave,' 'bennington,' 'my hatred is magnificent,' and 'no title (molly),' have appeared on previous compilations. most notably 'no title (molly)' was originally released on a flexi disc as part of ribbon music / domino's record store day release smugglers way. two songs: 'angel of the night' and 'lost' have never been released on any format, nor across any media. the same can not be said of the remaining nine songs, the majority of which initially appeared on demos 2011, a bundle of tracks originating from mausspace.com where they had been uploaded by their creator (john maus) to be appreciated, if not reviewed, by those eager enough to search them out. devout fans may notice a few of the 'demos' from this period are not represented on the album. the answer to this is simple: "some of the songs are in fact just that - demos - better left unreleased" - john maus. 'a collection of rarities and previously unreleased material' has been entirely remixed and remastered for this release and features artwork and design by turner prize winning artist wolfgang tillmans.
description from www.roughtrade.com
There’s not enough variation on the album as a whole, with only the odd anomaly which then sounds rather out of place, but even the anomalies are very distinctly John Maus.»
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