Space Music: Puscifer Goes Electric on Remix Album

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Carina Round and Maynard James Keenan of Puscifer perform in 2016.. Jason Koerner/Getty Images
Carina Round and Maynard James Keenan of Puscifer perform in 2016.. Jason Koerner/Getty Images

I’m a long-time Tool fan, so I frequently explore the band members’ various side projects – including Maynard James Keenen’s Puscifer. Since its inception in 2007, Puscifer has resulted in numerous cool tracks, but it always felt like something of a creative catch-all -- especially in its earliest form. This incongruity combined with Keenen’s own eclectic taste in irrelevant comedy made Puscifer a bit of an acquired taste.

But Puscifer has evolved, taking on a more solidified sound with increased pairing of Maynard’s signature vocals with those of Carina Round. The 2015 release “Moneyshot” was the band’s best album to date, featuring such genre-defining tracks as Galileo (space music!), “The Arsonist” and “The Remedy.”

I normally don’t go all in on a remix album, but “Money Shot Your Re-Load” is a fantastic expansion on the original recordings, taking most of the tracks in a decidedly electronic direction. I’m particularly fond of “The Remedy (3 Kord Scissor King Remix).”

Tool bassist Justin Chancellor also provided a remix of “Superstition” that transfixes the listener with a vibe that feels like a sonic triangulation of Puscifer, Tool and the pop-electronic sounds of someone like The Faint.

So if you’ve passed on Puscifer in the past, I encourage you to give them another go with “Moneyshot” or its remix album. Keenen’s absurdist humor is still apparent in the packaging and promotion, and I can see where it might not be your cup of tea. But the music speaks for itself. You can buy the releases wherever you obtain your physical/digital music -- and you can stream them on Spotify right here.

Space Music is a continuous exploration of our expanding cosmos of sound, with an emphasis on electronic music. Sample a little of everything from past posts at the Space Music Sampler playlist on Spotify.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.