Mister Lies
Mowgli


4.0
excellent


Release Date: 02/26/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The different layers of Mister Lies

A lot of people take the genre dubstep with a grain of salt. One must know what they are getting into when diving into the repetitive, spectral and idiosyncratic nature of a typical dubstep album. Artists like Kode9, Burial and Distance opened our eyes to the grim and dark vibes of the genre and have been very consistent throughout their discographies. Two genres that I do not think many people take much appreciation in either are house and synth pop music. Some may disregard the genre for its apparent simplicity, but with its bouncy 4/4 beats and jazzy funk feel, it’s great on the dance floor and for the mind, artists like Four Tet and Maya Jane Coles really set the bar for house music in 2012, and also the synth pop sounds of Kona Triangle give some tracks on this album a very dancey and mystical feel. To finish off this naming and explaining of genres we are left with downtempo. A beautiful and wholesome genre for bands like The KLF and Ulrich Schnauss and even Lone. Put all of these styles together and what do you get? Mister Lies.

Mister Lies’ Mowgli might not break any new boundaries of electronic music, but it is still a diverse, melodic and charismatic endeavor. The album starts off pretty humbly as we’re introduced to the first track on the album “Ashore,” which displays some glitchy guitar samples and slow thumping bass beats. The song is fairly straightforward, but little does one realize that it is actually reaching an amazingly refulgent climax. With its heavy downtempo synth sound, it is quite reminiscent of Lone. “Dionysian” is the more shady, stalking and more traditional dubstep sound most of us are familiar with it. Now in saying this, it is a gorgeous track, with its beautiful synth melodies, staccato beats, deep voical samples and a very haunting albeit calming atmosphere. Peppy house beats and beautiful synth arrangements come in on the songs “Align” and “Trustfalls.” Influences from artists like Flying Lotus, Lone and Teebs combine with dubstep and downtempo on songs like “Ludlow” and “Lupine.”

Without any thought of reassurance, the greatest thing about Mister Lies (or Nick Zanca) is that he is able to transition between genres from song to song so well that it impulsively makes the listener want to hear it over and over again once it’s finished. With all of these fresh new ideas coming constantly into the eardrums, one will be taken to new worlds and explore all the reaches of what electronic music can achieve. Every song on this album brings something new to the table and it’s what makes his music so enjoyable.

The only main gripe about this album is that it is unforgivably short, it has so much potential, but it doesn’t really seem like it wants to reach its full evolution. Only eight songs for an album of this quality, added with each song being roughly three-to-four minutes, is not only begging for more, but also is kind of a major flow breaker. Regardless, this album is a major triumph in musicianship, production and quality. Hearing the transitions on this album reminded me a lot of Shed’s 2010 release The Traveler which was a hodgepodge of different genres and sounds. It was nostalgic, friendly and welcoming and, to me, it served as a tribute to many great artists all across the electronic community. Mowgli is an extremely well-crafted album on many different levels; it’s to the point and short, but it packs a whole lot of haunting atmosphere and chilling ambient vibes that it makes it hard not to pay attention to the music. It is an album that will grab one’s attention and will stay with them for a long time. It is so far one of the strongest electronic records of the year; no matter how short it is, it will have an impact.



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mindleviticus
March 15th 2013


8237 Comments


Originally posted on:
http://www.thealtreview.net/

Stream the album here:
http://misterlies.bandcamp.com/album/mowgli

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2013


3454 Comments


Must check this one out. First sentence is a bit wonky, but otherwise have a pos.

mindleviticus
March 15th 2013


8237 Comments


besides us music aficionados i mean, Will haha :]

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2013


3454 Comments


No no I mean this:

A lot of people with take the genre dubstep with a grain of salt

the "with take" isn't right, I think you accidentally put that "with" in

I will listen to this very soon. I've heard good things about it though

mindleviticus
March 15th 2013


8237 Comments


Oooooohhh yeah I didn't even realize that :O

Whoopsies I'll edit that right now

Jash
March 15th 2013


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You should cut basically everything about dubstep out of this because nothing on here can really be labelled dubstep, although the second track does have a more sub bass heavy approach to it. What I love about this guy is how he makes music that kind of blurs the lines of genres (he has often stated how he hates people genre tagging music, and says if he had to put a name on his stuff it would be "ambient gospel") and the most narrow tag I'd put on it is electronica.

The album is pretty darn good, I've been following him since his first track got a write up on P4K last year and I've enjoyed watching him gain more and more of a following and grow as an artist, but I was slightly underwhelmed by the album. I just know that he can and will do bigger and better things, but this is a very good starting point.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2013


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome, this needed to be reviewed. Great read mindle

mindleviticus
March 15th 2013


8237 Comments


All I'm trying to do is get people in store for what they might hear. There really isn't tooooo much dubstep on here. In fact, there really isn't any aside from a few songs, and this is a really short album too.

mindleviticus
March 15th 2013


8237 Comments


Ashore and Dionysian are really the only two songs on here that I'd actually consider dubstep. I'm just trying to give a really broad overview of what people will be in store for.

Jash
March 15th 2013


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fair enough, I just don't think dubstep is a term that could be used to describe anything on this album. I can't get over Hounded, that track is so mesmerizing

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2013


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

More like MTV Chillout Zone 1995

mindleviticus
March 15th 2013


8237 Comments


Regardless of what the genre is, it's amazing stuff

Jash
March 15th 2013


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A little while back he sneakily put up a download for his False Astronomy VIP and took it down after a couple hours, you should YouTube it if you haven't already heard it

CaptainDooRight
March 15th 2013


29399 Comments


solid rev bro pos'd

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Asdfp277
March 15th 2013


1093 Comments


"Two genres that I do not think many people take much appreciation in either is* house and synth pop music."

-are*. and what's up with that 'either'??

mindleviticus
March 15th 2013


8237 Comments


thanks for the corrections

Rev
March 16th 2013


9428 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review dude


album rules, albeit leaves a bit to be desired

ShitsofRain
June 2nd 2013


5899 Comments


oh yeah, good stuff

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Calc
September 16th 2014


12212 Comments


just found this guy, his new song is good i'll have to look out for his next work

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