The launch party for a new Mouse on Mars album – especially when it’s been six years since their last – is most certainly a big occasion. Their extreme approach to sound is by no means restricted to the confines of the studio, and live sets are often incendiary. Jan Werner and Andi Toma will again be joined by drummer Dodo NKishi to premiere material from their forthcoming Parastrophics LP within a special video stage set-up designed by Karl Kliem. But tonight’s eclectic line-up, chosen by the band themselves, is another reason this is likely to be a special event. Berlin’s highly esteemed Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop will perform Georg Friedrich Haas’ "Sextet for 3 Violas & 3 Cellos", a microtonal piece composed in 1982. Following Mouse on Mars’ recent orchestral work, Paeanumnion, it’s quite likely the boys will even join in. Further contrast will come from a percussive set by Sølyst, a new project by Kreidler sticksman Thomas Klein. Making sure that the moments of silence will be mercifully brief is DJ Elephant Power, a longtime mainstay of Mouse on Mars’ label Sonig.
Mouse on Mars "iMatch" (MTR022) - Out on Feb 24 by Modeselektor
Sølyst samples: Melville / Hoorn Of Plenty / Optimyst / Malstrøm by Bureau B
DJ Elephant Power _ Dragonn ( unreleased ) by djelephantpower