Mr. Bill – “Settling for Mediocrity” Album Spotlight
Mr. Bill is back with another LP following the release of “IRL” earlier this year. The title Settling for Mediocrity gets at the Australian glitch-master’s self deprecating sense of humor, but don’t be fooled; this is one of Mr. Bill’s most cohesive and consistently impressive releases to date. Our picks for top tracks would be either “Colloidal Drip,” “Straight Up Seminal Shit” or “Fingernail Compost.” Listen below and purchase the album here.
From Mr. Bill’s Soundcloud:
“Welcome to Mr. Bill’s Settling For Mediocrity. The title of the album is based on a feeling Bill believes all artists experience. Whenever he is working on music (or anything for that matter) it’s always trying about chasing the idea artists have in their heads and turn it into reality where it can be observed, quantified and appreciated. Yet the struggle begins when the artist realisez that the idea or vision is too extreme or disproportionate to their tools or skill set, leaving them in a constant state of abandoning their art at a point where it can be classed as ‘complete I guess’ and thus settling for mediocrity.
TLDR: Art is never finished, only abandoned. We all settle for mediocrity.”
“Out today on SectionZ Records, Settling For Mediocrity, Mr. Bill‘s second full-length LP of 2014 (following March’s IRL), is anything but mediocre.
On this album, the innovative Australian musician and producer delves into uncharted territory, exploring a variety of styles that range from modern bass-heavy glitch hop to more mellow hip hop/breakbeat vibes. Featuring collaborations with Freddy Todd, Slynk, and labelmate Evoke, Settling For Mediocrity is a fascinating journey through the mind of its creator, who applies unique textures and production tricks to stay at the forefront of sound design.
Every musician is their own worst critic, and Mr. Bill is no exception, naming the album Settling For Mediocrity because of his struggle to remove himself from the material, which he still considers incomplete. Thankfully, he’s mistaken, as this album is among the best glitch hop releases of the year, but he always strives to keep things light-hearted, with an intentional, almost satirically pessimistic flaunt of self-awareness to his persona.
Mr. Bill’s music has been applauded by colleagues such as Minnesota and Plaid. As an educator in the field of music production, his Hardcore Abletoneers program, which gives users access to in-depth tutorials on every facet of Ableton Live production software as well as an inside look at the program files for many of his own works, has garnered praise from industry leaders such as ill.Gates and Tom Cosm.”