Jan St. Werner of Mouse on Mars will release a solo album next year.
Far more experimental than even his work with Andi Toma, Lithops sees St. Werner exploring the boundaries of sound design, often eschewing things like recognizable beats and melodies in the process. Ye Viols!, the producer's upcoming album, promises to be more of the same, with "Bacchus" turning into a wall of noise over the course of its four-and-a-half minute length and "Wammo" shuddering its way to an equally as weighty climax of indeterminate sound. ("Handed," meanwhile, has a nice batch of melodies to call its own.) Thrill Jockey, showing us up in the verbiage department, terms it "background noise for a visual utopia: a recombined industrial iconography of spatial adventures, futuristic collages and phantasmagoric scenes." Either way, you'll be able to decide for yourself soon.
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Thrill Jockey will release Lithops' Ye Viols! in January 2009.