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Connan Mockasin


Third solo studio release by New Zealand-born dream-pop artist recorded in one week in Paris to accompany a film written, directed by and starring himself

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Mexican Summer
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  1. 10.0 |   The Quietus

    Jassbusters is the first release where Mockasin is accompanied by a band and it’s a revelation. His usual exaggeratedly washy, reverby sound is anchored and evolves into something fuller, groovier, twangier. Jassbusters deserves a big fat red marker pen A
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    At times ethereal and romantic, at others eerie and queasy, it's completely different, but equally worthy, addition to this autheur's overlooked and original canon. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Q

    It reaffirms Mockasin's status as the maddest biscuit in the box. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Jasssbusters' steady output of blue-tinted melodies make it an exceedingly easy listening experience
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  5. 8.0 |   The Music

    A good album full of thoughtful, indie-contemporary tracks that sit somewhere between a bleached Cass McCombs and Blood Orange
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  6. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    It’s intermittently gorgeous but frustratingly foggy
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  7. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    All of the tracks on Mockasin's third album are groovy to a varying degree, and all feature Mockasin's falsetto voice on sparingly full display
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  8. 6.0 |   Mojo

    When he's good (Con Conn Was Impatient, B'n'D) he's sublime. Print edition only

  9. 6.0 |   DIY

    Jassbusters is the album of a musician who has been around the block a bit, knows what he wants and more importantly how to get it
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  10. 6.0 |   Crack

    Despite Jassbusters‘ initial charm, Mockasin’s approach to songwriting seems to have been too lackadaisical, leaving this album lacking in hooks that stay in your memory
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  11. 5.5 |   The 405

    He shows hints of inspiration by entwining his richly beige rock with Pacific instrumentation, to great effect, but never seems to guide the songs to anywhere particularly memorable
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  12. 5.0 |   All Music

    Recorded live in the studio, Jassbusters has enough chops to pull off the kind of slick 70's MOR soft rock that seems to be Mockasin's bailiwick, but as a whole, there's just not a lot to these songs to keep things consistently interesting, and the album comes off as more of an indulgent lark in Mockasin's growing canon
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