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

Matmos Discography


Cat# Matmos In Lo-Fidelity Not On Label Cat# US 1994 Sell This Version
Vague 0 Matmos Matmos (Album) Vague Terrain Vague 0 US 1997 Sell This Version
vague 1 Matmos Quasi-Objects (Album) Vague Terrain vague 1 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
DLX 212, VAGUE2 Matmos The West (Album) Deluxe (6) DLX 212, VAGUE2 US 1999 Sell This Version
Qs69CD, Qs69 CD Rachel's / Matmos Rachel's / Matmos - Full On Night (Album) Quarterstick Records, Quarterstick Records Qs69CD, Qs69 CD Europe 2000 Sell This Version
OLE 489-2, Ole 489-2, ole 489-2 Matmos A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure (Album) Matador, Matador, Matador OLE 489-2, Ole 489-2, ole 489-2 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
PCD-23429, R-0380033MT Matmos The Civil War (Album) Matador PCD-23429, R-0380033MT 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
OLE 677-2, PCD-23754 Matmos The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth Of A Beast (Album) Matador OLE 677-2, PCD-23754 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
none Matmos Work Work Work(CDr, Album, Ltd) Vague Terrain none US 2006 Sell This Version
OLE 799-2V Matmos Supreme Balloon (Album) Matador OLE 799-2V US 2008 Sell This Version
CA21065 So Percussion & Matmos So Percussion & Matmos - Treasure State (Album) Cantaloupe Music CA21065 US 2010 Sell This Version
IMPREC312 Lesser / Matmos / Wobbly Lesser / Matmos / Wobbly - Simultaneous Quodlibet Important Records (2) IMPREC312 US 2010 Sell This Version
none Jefferson Friedman, Chiara String Quartet, Matmos Jefferson Friedman, Chiara String Quartet, Matmos - String Quartets(CD, Album) New Amsterdam Records none US 2011 Sell This Version
Thrill 316 Matmos The Marriage Of True Minds (Album) Thrill Jockey Thrill 316 US 2013 Sell This Version
thrill 401 Matmos Ultimate Care II (Album) Thrill Jockey thrill 401 US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

LISS 32 Piano Magic / Matmos Piano Magic / Matmos - Music For Rolex / The Soldering Social (Single) Lissy's Records LISS 32 UK 1999 Sell This Version
12FAT027 Matmos / Motion (2) Matmos / Motion (2) - Split Series #11 FatCat Records 12FAT027 UK 2000 Sell This Version
OLE 501-1 Matmos California Rhinoplasty EP (EP) Matador OLE 501-1 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 11 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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