My last few conversations about music have eventually led to this:
"So, did you hear the new John Maus album?"
"No, I don't think I know who that is."
"Me neither but holy shit this album."
And holy shit this album indeed. Maus' We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves is absolutely wonderful. A rich, thick, gothy sort of wonderful. He channels plenty of Bauhaus, Joy Division and Sisters of Mercy in the beats and vocals, but with a more minimalist bent. Admittedly, I'm a creature that thrives on familiarity so his music isn't exactly the most novel. But it's a fantastic throwback.