John MOuse – ‘Replica Figures’

John MOuse – ‘Replica Figures’

John MOuse’s fifth album ‘Replica Figures’ comes out on Keep Me In Your Heart records on the 19th of February 2018. For ‘Replica Figures’  John returns to work with original band member Sweet Baboo. It’s been 15 years since the two worked under John’s previous moniker JT Mouse and the result is a touching album with glimpses of John’s black humour, which has been a signature throughout his career. John illuminates,”We had talked about working together but other commitments had taken president. This is the type album I have been wanting to release for some time.” Says John of his decision to work with Steve Baboo “Steve understood straight away what I was trying to achieve and we worked really quickly on just letting the songs breath and be themselves. Nothing was over thought or overworked.”

If like me your a little short on new year messages of cheer and god will are severed by the album opener ‘End Of Mankind’ in which John asks is this the end, with a dark tale of drug addiction, prostitutes and death. As if to brighten things he plums ‘Boogaloo’ charting a misspent youth complete with electro beat. Pop fused quirky indie world of John MOuse, coupled with well furnished song-writing skills of which he hangs many a coat.

‘Replica Figures’ features Steve Black(Sweet Baboo)  on piano and bass, former guitarist of early 90’s indie band Hopper (who were signed to Tony Wilson’s Factory Too records), Paul Sheppard, and John’s daughter Maggie Lola on backing vocals. The album circulates around the concept of memories, different memories, how they are created, the lack of memory, enforced and false memories. Indeed. you cannot get much clearer than the lyrical content of track ‘Memory’ the narrative serves John MOuse & co, well. ‘Replica Figures is John’s first album since 2014’s greatly received long player ‘The Death of John MOuse’ and so far you’re left with an unmistakingly feeling. praise will be laundered on the new album at least as the last.

The subject of a homemade video for single  ‘Bunkbeds and Broken’ is welcome, not as much as another impressive collaboration, although not as dark or eclectic, the single is more immediate than next track with  the part spoken word narrative, ‘The King and Jesus Ganged Up on Me’ which also ticks a box. Keen with a sense of trepidation to hear ‘The Boxer’ as I was once in earlier youth one of them, both relieved and surprised to hear 8 minutes of more medative dysfunction. In comparison to ‘Sue’ which glides in at little over 2 minutes.

The new album finishes strongly first with ‘Magnetic Frames on the Boiler’ complete with a nostalgic tinged summation that nothing has changed is on the money. As is poetic natty ‘Gladiator _ Contender’.

A songwriter tour de force, it’s their 5th album, where does the time go, a reason to walk into a record store this February. 8.8/10

Steve Janes

Here’s the video for the lead track ‘Bunkbeds and Broken’

Live Dates:

Feb 3rd, Mozarts, Swansea

Feb 8th, The Old England, Bristol

Feb 10th, Prince Albert, Stroud

Feb 17th, Le Pub, Newport

Feb 19th, Spillers Records (Instore), Cardiff

Feb 22nd, The Haunt, London

Feb 23rd, Fairwater Social, Cardiff

Feb 24th, Moles,

Digital/print PR Bill Cummings

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John MOuse – ‘Replica Figures’