In 2017 I gushed like a broken spigot about Mouth Moods; Neil Cicierega’s previous meme based remix album. Now in 2020, he comes back with its successor, Mouth Dreams.
I have decided not to pick a track from the album but say that you should just listen to the whole thing. Don’t get me wrong, I have my favorite tracks, but they work so well in the context that it would be a shame to split them from the rest of the work on first listen.
I don’t want to spoil the album by going into details about individual tracks however I will talk broadly about it.
Mouth Dreams has an even greater maximalist approach than Mouth Moods, which was already a layered and dense. The memes are even more grating, and the technical wizardry used to make the remixes is even more complex.
Listening to his work requires some humility from the listener. Niel Cicierega will blend massively different styles of music with a trolling wink and a nudge.
If you can get past that and accept that your nostalgia and connection to music is going to be challenged, and occasionally mocked throughout, you will be rewarded with some fantastic musical revelations that have resulted in me laughing maniacally many times.
You can download the album for free from Niel Cicierega’s Website below:
Or listen to it on soundcloud here: