Electronic music duo, formed in the mid 90's in California and currently based in Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.

Matmos Discography


Matmos In Lo-Fidelity Not On Label US 1994 Sell This Version
Matmos Matmos (Album) Vague Terrain US 1997 Sell This Version
Matmos Quasi-Objects (Album) Vague Terrain US 1998 Sell This Version
sR 98:1 CD Leif Elggren . souRce research . Matmos Leif Elggren . souRce research . Matmos - RGB [ An Audio Spectrum ](CD, Album, Ltd) Source Research sR 98:1 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
Matmos The West (Album) Deluxe (6) US 1999 Sell This Version
Rachel's / Matmos Rachel's / Matmos - Full On Night (Album) Quarterstick Records, Quarterstick Records Europe 2000 Sell This Version
Matmos A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure (Album) Matador, Matador, Matador US 2001 Sell This Version
Vague 4 Matmos with J. Lesser* Matmos with J. Lesser* - Matmos Live(CD) Vague Terrain Vague 4 US 2002 Sell This Version
Matmos The Civil War (Album) Matador Japan 2003 Sell This Version
MEOW083 People Like Us & Wobbly & Matmos People Like Us & Wobbly & Matmos - Wide Open Spaces(CD, Ltd) Tigerbeat6 MEOW083 US 2003 Sell This Version
Matmos The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth Of A Beast (Album) Matador Japan 2006 Sell This Version
none Matmos Work Work Work(CDr, Album, Ltd) Vague Terrain none US 2006 Sell This Version
Matmos Supreme Balloon (Album) Matador US 2008 Sell This Version
So Percussion & Matmos So Percussion & Matmos - Treasure State (Album) Cantaloupe Music US 2010 Sell This Version
Lesser / Matmos / Wobbly Lesser / Matmos / Wobbly - Simultaneous Quodlibet Important Records (2) US 2010 Sell This Version
NWAM030 Jefferson Friedman - Chiara String Quartet & Matmos Jefferson Friedman - Chiara String Quartet & Matmos - Quartets(CD, Album) New Amsterdam Records NWAM030 US 2011 Sell This Version
Matmos The Marriage Of True Minds (Album) Thrill Jockey US 2013 Sell This Version
Matmos Ultimate Care II (Album) Thrill Jockey US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Piano Magic / Matmos Piano Magic / Matmos - Music For Rolex / The Soldering Social (Single) Lissy's Records UK 1999 Sell This Version
Matmos / Motion (2) Matmos / Motion (2) - Split Series #11 FatCat Records UK 2000 Sell This Version
Matmos California Rhinoplasty EP (EP) Matador UK 2001 Sell This Version
ACHE016 Matmos / Die Monitr Batss* Matmos / Die Monitr Batss* - Split Seven Inch(7", Ltd) Ache ACHE016 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
LOCUST 54 Matmos Rat Relocation Program(CD, EP) Locust Music LOCUST 54 US 2004 Sell This Version
Vague 6 Matmos For Alan Turing(CD, Mini, EP, Ltd) Vague Terrain Vague 6 US 2006 Sell This Version
OLE 715-1P Matmos Steam And Sequins For Larry Levan(12", Pro) Matador OLE 715-1P US 2006 Sell This Version

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September 1, 2012
The first time I had heard about Matmos was when my friend brought over one of their records about 8 years ago. It was a record made from the sounds of surgery being performed. Apparently one of the members father is a surgeon.

The drills, tools, and other I don't want to think abouts combined to make one of the coolest albums I had ever heard, and it fit in nicely with all of the other strange sounds and beats me and my friend loved to DJ.

Definitely one of the best electronic acts ever.


November 8, 2004
edited over 12 years ago
Laptoptronica gone art installation; self-obsessiveness cleverly camouflaged as social commentary, draped in a velvet cape of Ironic Chic whether it's intended or not (the 90's can't be unlearned, seemingly) - against all odds, some of it is listenable, but most of it is plain average. So do we need them? Does Björk? Does humour belong in musick? Whatever the answers, a novelty group is a novelty group is a novelty group. Matmos are clever, but contrived. Will be vaguely remembered as one of the many "mainstream fringe" phenomenas that made the supposedly controversial appear decidedly uninvolving.


July 12, 2001
edited over 15 years ago
Amazing electronica from San Francisco's wonder duo. The concept itself (an album based around samples of surgical sounds) is pretty great, but the album would be a rewarding listen even if you didn't know about it. Matmos has lately been incorporating live instrumentation into their music (especially in the excellent West e.p.) and continues to do so here. This is intricate, intelligent music that stimulates your mind so much, you might not realize you've gotten off of your futon and started dancing like you're on six hits of ecstacy. However, there is also a beautifully sad song made by playing the bars of a dearly-departed pet rat's cage with a violin bow, among other cage-related sounds. Brilliant, immersive stuff.

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