Moogfest releases phase two of their already stellar lineup

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Moogfest has built a name for itself around both its highly immersive visual and technological programming and stellar lineups year in and year out.

This year’s initial lineup announcement sparked slight controversy when the festival announced the first phase of their lineup would feature exclusively female and non-binary talent. The first phase announcement included performances by SOPHIE, Fawks, Jamila Woods, and Gavin Rayna Russom of LCD Soundsystem, along with various extracurricular programming such as a keystone presentation by privacy rights activist Chelsea Manning.

Now, the festival has released the second phase of their 2018 lineup. The festival will play host to two performances by Mouse on Mars, Jon Hopkins and Little Boots; an “ultramodern sonic installation hosting original creations by nine artists;” a headlining performance by R&B visionary Kelela; a Sleep Concert by members of Bedroom Community, as well as durationals by Wes Borland and Gareth Jones + Nick Hook.

The festival’s 2018 music programming is still expanding, with more announcements to come.

Mouse on Mars return with new single featuring Justin Vernon ahead of new album

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One of Germany’s most versatile electronic music institutions, Mouse on Mars recently announced they would be returning with a new LP called Dimensional People.

According to the electronic duo, most of the album was recorded in a single tempo and was “inspired by Chicago footwork.” The dazzling new album will feature a dizzying array of indie rock’s finest including The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Beirut’s Zach Condon, and Bon Iver virtuoso Justin Vernon.

Mouse on Mars has shared the first single ahead of the new album and its a soaring soundscape led by the ethereal Justin Vernon.

“Dimensional People Part 111” is a significant departure from Mouse on Mars’ typically experimental material. Considering their most-accessible material draws from collaborations with groups like Modeselektor, the new record’s a significant shift in the type of releases that have been seen from the duo, despite many the argument many withhold that the group pivoted entirely towards pop with Radical Connector in 2004.

Vernon’s sultry vocals imbue a newfound melodic side to the duo’s music and even de-escalate to scats at a point in the track. Both Mouse on Mars and Bon Iver’s music over the years has contained multitudes, so perhaps the two are hinting that the new album’s title is really quite preconceived.

Dimensional People Tracklist:

1. Dimensional People Part I
2. Dimensional People Part II
3. Dimensional People Part III
4. Foul Mouth
5. Aviation
6. Parliament Of Aliens Part I
7. Daylight
8. Tear To My Eye
9. Parliament Of Aliens Part II
10. Parliament Of Aliens Part III
11. Résumé
12. Sidney In A Cup

Thrill Jockey will release Dimensional People on April 13.

Photo Credit: Monkeytown Records