The man, the myth, the mau5 Joel Zimmerman, aka deadmau5, made good on his promise of a staggeringly long double-album today when a tracklist and pre-ordering became available for While(1<2), a two-and-a-half-hour musical tour of the mind behind the mask.
okay... NOW the album is up on itunes avail for preorder. heh. #timezoneproblems. :) glad to finally see this thing get a release!— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) May 20, 2014
In addition to being his first proper “album” and longest by far, While(1<2) will also showcase the breadth of deadmau5′ dabblings in techno, progressive, electro, ambient, and more over a period spanning years, many of which appeared during a production spree that took SoundCloud by storm in late 2013. Familiar cuts like My Pet Coelacanth, Infra Turbo Pigcart Racer, and the final versions of the Errors/Terrors series from August 2013 are included, in addition to six of the seven deadly sin-inspired items from November 2013, with Luxuria omitted.
The album also includes remixes of Nine Inch Nails and How To Destroy Angels that surfaced back in 2012, in addition to the final version of Drop The Poptart, his collab with Colleen D’Agostino of The Material, officially going by Somewhere Up Here.
Some lesser known items might seem new, but for instance, Monday was a plaintive acoustic composition from way back in 2006. The album’s closer, Seeya featuring D’Agostino, might’ve gone by Seeya Next Tuesday not too long ago. Until we hear the album itself, however, we won’t know if these are the original versions or new renditions.
While the massive album mostly comprises previously heard material, almost all of it is no longer available in any official form after the closure of deadmau5′ SoundCloud account, making this a mouthwatering, polished-up collection of music and an impending feast that fans can hardly wait to engorge on.
Fans who pre-order now will receive an instant download of the recently premiered Avaritia, the album’s lead-off single. The digital version comes out June 17, with physical copies following on June 24 via Zimmerman’s very own mau5trap imprint. Pre-order here, and see the entire tracklist below; note that the final track on each disc appears to be a continuous, uninterrupted mix of the disc as a whole.
02. Coelacanth I
03. Ice Age (feat. deadmau5) [deadmau5 Remix]
04. My Pet Coelacanth
05. Infra Turbo Pigcart Racer
06. Terrors In My Head
08. Somewhere Up Here
09. Phantoms Can’t Hang
11. while(1<2) [Part 1]
03. Errors In My Bread
04. Survivalism (feat. deadmau5) [deadmau5 Remix]
05. Silent Picture
06. Rlyehs Lament
12. A Moment To Myself
14. Coelacanth II
15. Seeya (feat. Colleen D’Agostino)
16. while(1<2) [Part 2]