Mouth Silence

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Mouth Silence
Mouth Silence album cover.jpg
Mixtape by
ReleasedJuly 19, 2014 (2014-07-19)
GenreMashup, remix
Length55:48
Neil Cicierega chronology
Mouth Sounds
(2014)
Mouth Silence
(2014)
Spirit Phone (as Lemon Demon)
(2016)

Mouth Silence is the second mashup album by American musician and comedian Neil Cicierega. Following the format of his previous release, Mouth Sounds, the album is composed of mashups and remixes of popular songs from the 1980s, 1990's, and 2000's. Unlike Mouth Sounds, which used the song "All Star" by Smash Mouth as a recurring element, no tracks on Mouth Silence explicitly reference Smash Mouth. A third installment, Mouth Moods, was released in 2017, and a fourth installment, Mouth Dreams, in 2020.

Reception[edit]

Much like its predecessor, Mouth Sounds, critics remarked on the album's simultaneous appeal to and perversion of the listener's nostalgia, with Katie Rife of The A.V. Club describing it as "laugh out loud horrifying"[1] and Ryan Manning of The Verge promising that listeners would "have a strong reaction, negative, positive, horrified, glorified".[2] Sasha Geffen, writing for Impose Magazine, describes the effect as "total context collapse", calling it "paradoxically [...] comforting".[3] As of July 8, 2021, the album has received over 843,000 plays on SoundCloud.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleFeatured worksLength
1."Goodbye"2:17
2."Rollercloser"3:25
3."Furries"2:20
4."Friends"0:10
5."Best"3:53
6."Pokémon"
3:17
7."Sexual Lion King"3:52
8."Crocodile Chop"3:42
9."Transmission"
0:54
10."Love Psych"3:54
11."Orgonon Gurlz"
4:19
12."Born to Cat"0:43
13."What Is It"3:04
14."It's"1:09
15."Close to the Sun"1:24
16."Numbers"
5:07
17."Space Monkey Mafia"3:48
18."Wndrwll"3:28
19."Piss"
4:58
Total length:55:48

In addition, multiple tracks are embedded with clips from Smash Mouth's "All Star" that are slowed down by a factor of 1728%. The song lyrics are sung in the octave below Middle C, making those notes lower than the range of human hearing. To hear the clips in their original key, the music must be sped up by factor of 1728%.

Like in Mouth Dreams, there is a hidden message in the track info for Mouth Silence. Each track contains a one-character comment; when the tracks are arranged alphabetically by title, the comments spell out "SO MUCH 2 DO SO MUCH 2 SEE," a line from the first verse of Smash Mouth's "All Star."

Several tracks feature original instrumental work by Cicierega, and the instrumental of "Space Monkey Mafia" is entirely original.[5]

Outtakes[edit]

On 19 October 2014, the YouTube channel "NeilCicieregaMusic" uploaded three outtakes from Mouth Silence.[6][7][8]

No.TitleFeatured worksLength
1."Zingle Ladies"1:19
2."Jocko Homo Mashup"3:25
3."Say It Ain't SoCal"3:39
Total length:8:23

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Briefly at the end of the song, as a transition into "Rollercloser".
  2. ^ Briefly at the beginning of the song, carried over from "Rollercloser".
  3. ^ Briefly at the end of the song, as a transition into "Orgonon Gurlz".
  4. ^ Briefly at the end of the song, as a transition into "Numbers".
  5. ^ Briefly, for a few seconds during the intro, the "and on and on" lyric is continued from "Space Monkey Mafia"
  6. ^ During the silence before the 2nd verse, the word "Some-" can be faintly heard.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Katie Rife (July 22, 2014). "The sequel to "Mouth Sounds" is here, and it's laugh out loud horrifying". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  2. ^ Ryan Manning (July 26, 2014). "Mouth Silence is the sound of your brain roasting". The Verge. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  3. ^ Sasha Geffen (September 10, 2014). "Mouth Singularity: Neil Cicierega's Context Collapse". Impose Magazine. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Neil Cicierega (2014). Mouth Silence (streamed) (audio). Archived from the original on January 29, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "Neil Cicierega Tumblr". Neil Cicierega Tumblr. Retrieved 2021-11-09.
  6. ^ Cicierega, Neil (19 October 2014). "Neil Cicierega – Zingle Ladies". YouTube. Archived from the original on 1 September 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  7. ^ Cicierega, Neil (19 October 2014). "Neil Cicierega – Jocko Homo Mashup". YouTube. Archived from the original on 1 December 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  8. ^ Cicierega, Neil (19 October 2014). "Neil Cicierega – Say It Ain't SoCal". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2 October 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2018.

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