The Marriage of True Minds, the last album released by Matmos, was one of our Album Picks of 2013. So we’re pleased to know the Baltimore based duo of M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel are ready to follow it up. They have just announced the release of Ultimate Care II, due on February 19th via Thrill Jockey. Matmos have been creating music using the most unusual sources and ways for over two decades, and the upcoming album remains in line with this approach. Ultimate Care II was recorded in their basement studio in Baltimore and all the sounds were generated by a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II model washing machine. “Funny and sad, bouncy and creepy, liquid and mechanical”, as the press release puts it, Matmos’ upcoming album “swirls with perverse paradox, but the agitation at its core offers vital evidence of Matmos’ abiding faith in the musical potential of sound”.
To bring the album to life, the pair invited a cast of guest contributors, including Dan Deacon, Max Eilbacher (Horse Lords), Sam Haberman (Horse Lords), Jason Willett (Half Japanese), and Duncan Moore (Needle Gun).
Matmos have shared an amazing album excerpt and it’s good reason to be excited. Here’s ‘Ultimate Care II Excerpt Eight’.