EP Review: Jeff Mills – The Other Maria

The Breakdown

...The Other Maria isn’t about comfort. It is about hard truth, but also recognizing raw emotions that stem from feeling undeniably free...

The Other Maria represents the character trait each of us has inside within ourselves. The silent part of us that we try to regulate, keep restrained from others and managed just beyond reach from the rest of the World. It represents the compartmentalized potential to do, say and respond with great chaotic harm, despite all unfortunate consequences. It is a full release feeling that we sometimes quietly envy as we witness with disgust and disapproval.

Widely considered a character flaw to many, yet, some would relish in the opportunity that could summon such an unpredictable internal animal. Every life has two parallel parts. The one for “them”, the version of yourself that abides by all the acceptable and expected rules of engagement – often a side that is given credit on face value. The side that achieves progress through peaceful and less confrontational means. The one you use to survive.

And the other side, the one for you. An uncompromising, unthinkably ruthless version that knows no limit. That knows no fear. The side of yourself that tells you yes, when you know that “no” is the better answer.

The Other Maria isn’t about comfort. It is about hard truth, but also recognizing raw emotions that stem from feeling undeniably free.

And what could one do with such a dark, yet wonderworking ability – when the absence of fear and consequence presides over the judicious process leading to an enviable fate – convinced that all actions are pure, justified, direct, but conniving. The feeling of relieved of all guilt and accountability?

But as diabolical as it can be and appear. Along with the negative static, there can be progress. As true impulses are exposed, so does the transparency of reality. A precious truth that’s needed to fully understand the severity of the situation. And with this, comes a valuable knowledge from a low level in which one once descended. Dreadfulness is softened to predictability.

– Jeff Mills, April, 2023

Verdict: An abstract work of art with the above narrative guiding its emotional tone, the compositions are as most concept pieces, to be experienced and absorbed. Without the artists intention behind the creation of the music, it could easily be misinterpreted and misunderstood or judged unjustly when compared to previous works. It is in its essence an artists expression of a subject conveyed through music (Abstract Minimal Techno) and as such should be respected for its purity.


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Out Now @ Jeff Mills – The Other Maria | Axis Records / http://b2b.newsdistribution.be/Product.aspx?ProductNo=AX114&ck=8d8c7973-59af-47b4-9a0c-d0c8dd4cb7fc

Jeff Mills will be playing at the Metropolis Cinemix In Leipzig (Germany) July 1st. Tickets @ JEFF MILLS: METROPOLIS METROPOLIS – Arena at the Panometer | Tickets from TixforGigs

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