Marvin the Robot: 'No Use' Marvin the Robot, also known as Miles Curtiss, is an indie pop songwriter out of Columbus, Ohio. While Curtiss' sound is decidedly avant-garde at times, his penchant for lo-fi recording styles and collaborations with a number of fellow musicians gives his music an organic and intimate feel.
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Marvin the Robot: 'No Use'

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Marvin the Robot: 'No Use'

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Marvin the Robot is the pseudonym for Miles Curtiss, a Columbus, Ohio-based musician in search of "obscurity and poverty." In this quest, Curtiss has met up with several musical collaborators to create quirky, eclectic pop songs.

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Curtiss' approach to songwriting is especially low-key. The recording quality is dense and fuzzy, giving the impression that Curtiss is singing his off-beat ditties in someone's attic.

Marvin the Robot has shared the stage with other lo-fi and avant-garde mainstays like The Microphones and Whirlwind Heat.

The featured track from Marvin the Robot's album, Psalms for the Sexually Disenfranchised, is "No Use."