We´re nearing the release of Matmos‘ new album Plastic Anniversary and they had already shared ‘Silicone Gel Implant’ and the title track. To get us even more excited, the pair has dropped two new cuts from the record, ‘Thermoplastic Riot Shield’ and ‘Breaking Bread’. Like the entire album, plastic is the single sound source on both tracks. The sounds on ‘Thermoplastic Riot Shield’ are extracted from a police riot shield and ‘Breaking Bread’ uses samples of smashed LPs by the 70s band with the same name at a WFMU record fair.
Matmos have also paired both tracks with accompanying videos. The band’s own M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel co-directed with David Serotte the video for ‘Thermoplastic Riot Shield’, one “that takes a perverted close up look at police equipment”, as they put it. Robert Syrett has animated the video for ‘Breaking Bread’ “into a comedic parable about ecological destruction”. Watch them below and watch out for the release of Plastic Anniversary on March 15th through Thrill Jockey.
We’re less than a month away from the much anticipated release of Matmos‘ new album Plastic Anniversary. The duo of M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel had already teased it with the brilliant and bouncy ‘Silicone Gel Implant’, and now they unveiled the title track. Listen to it out below and watch the album trailer straight after.
Matmos have been creating music using the most unusual sources and approaches for over twenty years. The duo of M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, partners in life and music, have to date made music out of anything from washing machines and varied surgical procedures to human skulls and rat cages, usually paired with instrumentation. In line with their love of unconventional sound sources, their upcoming album, Plastic Anniversary, draws from one element, plastic. All the sounds on the record are extracted entirely from plastic objects, including Bakelite dominoes, Styrofoam coolers, polyethylene waste containers, PVC panpipes, pinpricks of bubble wrap and more. There’s human elements as well guest contributing to the album including members of the horn and drumline sections of the Whitefish Highschool Bulldogs from Whitefish, Montana and Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier. The songs on the album are described as “a volatile and vibrant suite of poppy plastic electronics”, with its closing track “end[ing] in an acknowledgement of the planetary price yet to be paid.”
Plastic Anniversary is out on March 15th through Thrill Jockey, and Matmos are teasing it with the brilliant and bouncy ‘Silicone Gel Implant’. Like the title suggests, the bassline sounds derive from silicone breast implant samples. Here it is.
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’.
Matmos have just released The Ganzfeld EP this week, as previously mentioned. The EP precedes their ninth studio album, The Marriage of the Minds, slated for a February 2013 release, via Thrill Jockey.
We had already been treated to the wondrous ‘Very Large Green Triangles’ off The Ganzfeld EP, and to coincide with the EP release, Matmos have premiered a video to accompany the track. Immerse yourself into this green triangle world, directed by Ed Apodaca and Audrey Karleskind and produced by l.inc design.
Matmos recommend you watch at full screen and so do I.