Matmos ‎– Matmos

Matador ‎– OLE 380-2
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  • DesignRex Ray
  • Photography ByCliff Hengst, Scott Hewicker
  • Sampler, Sequenced By, Synthesizer [W-30, Sh-101, Mono/poly], Drum Machine [Tr-707], Edited By [Digital Editing], Mixed By, Electric Guitar, Voice [Speaking], Recorded By [Field Recording]Drew Daniel, M.C. Schmidt*


℗&© 1999 Matador Records Ltd
Manufactured in the UK under license from Vague Terrain

From liner notes:

1. composed entirely from sounds generated by slow scanning through speech utilizing a Sony EVO-9850. 4. drum collage started as an 8-bit SoundEdit file assembled in England. transferred to Digital Performer and combined with drinking-glass slide guitar. 6. composed entirely from sounds directly sampled from a $5.00 electric guitar. 7. black plastic tape recorders vs. the HiHat Choir. 8. two 'live' studio improvisations interrupted by a digital scrub. 9. bass sound sampled from the amplified synapse of crayfish neural tissue on display at the Exploratorium. 10. named after an industrial site on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky. We were arrested there. 11. amplified hair, breathing, bowls of water, Polish trains.

Previously released in 1997 on Matmos' own Vague Terrain label.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 44861 03802 3
  • Matrix / Runout: KEY OLE380-2
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LP76
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 7303

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November 13, 2014

Matmos has always reveled in his experimental nature, and that's immediately evident on their self-titled debut. The processed vocals that make up the entirety of "It Seems" converge into a glitchy track, while "Plastic Minor" takes a quieter, more subdued route. The long "...And Silver Light Popped In His Eyes" launches with pure percussion and keeps it up for the almost 18 minute running time, with additional chants and glitch ambience to end the track. "Lunaire" goes for a spacier sound, while the breaks on "This Is..." have an air of mystery around them. The pure abstraction of "Office Furniture (After Evidence)" shows their talent at manipulating sound, but it doesn't make for compelling songcraft, unfortunately. But the occasionally harsh techno leanings of "Verber: Amplified Synapse" pull you in, even if the bass sounds come from an unlikely source. The icy ambience of "Nugent Sand" leads into the similar feel of "Schluss." It's quite a start to a storied career.