Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Matmos' own weird canonical beast

The San Franscisco-based duo of M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel's ode to their influences on new album The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth Of A Beast, sounds like some journey in sound portraits to survive. It's not at all what I would concider indie, but it's electronica alternative and so much concept! So I'm already kind of sorry of this post!

Each of the tracks on Matmos new album is relating directly to someone Schmidt and Daniel consider to be part of their "fractured family album" and the results deemed "a historical pageant". Ranging from Ludwig Wittgenstein, Larry Levan and James Bigwood, through to Darby Crash, Valerie Solanas and King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

It's music as an crystalized artform, but more straight forward than earlier albums, even though those guys samples a cows uterus and vagina as some kind of extremely damn weird tribute to Valerie Jean Solanas, who is best know as the woman killing Andy Warhol.

Matmos from S.F were live on stage with Björk in Roskilde 2003, cooking up some of the most awsome background noise I've heard. I have yet to listen to the whole album, but I'm kind of afraid. I bought their Civil War album back in 2003 and was really fucked by the samples going on here. They are so much about pushing the line in every way. A lot would thing they forget about the listener. So would I, but

Not many musicians has recorded lipsuction fat being sucked and people getting plastic surgery as on 'A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure' (2001) with the club hit “Lipostudio (And So On...)”(mp3). Now they are back, sampling snails on The Patricia Highsmith song. It's collaboration with her favorite animal. Matmos aimed a laser at a light sensitive theremin, and then got snails to crawl across the path of the laser, triggering changes in the theremin's pitch.

Roses and Teeth for Ludwig Wittgenstein

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