MatmosThe Civil War

Label:Matador – OLE 590-2
CD, Album, Digipak
Style:Glitch, IDM, Experimental


DobroJay Lesser*
Electric Guitar, Sampler, Sequenced ByDrew Daniel
Hurdy Gurdy, Recorder, Acoustic GuitarM. C. Schmidt*
2Zealous Order Of Candied Knights
BassoonNed Howey
Hurdy Gurdy, Recorder, Mixed ByM. C. Schmidt*
Sampler, Sequenced ByDrew Daniel
TubaMark Lightcap
ViolinBlevin Blectum
Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Turntables [CDJ], Synthesizer [Serge Modular], Synthesizer [Korg MS2000], Mixed ByM. C. Schmidt*
Electric GuitarJim Putnam, Mark Lightcap
ElectronicsJack Grimmet
Piano, VoiceDavid Grubbs
Synthesizer [Buchla Modular]Keith Fullerton Whitman
Turntables [CDJ], Sampler, Sequenced ByDrew Daniel
4Yield To Total Elation
Autoharp, Sampler, Sequenced ByDrew Daniel
Drum [Sample Source]Tim Barnes
Electric GuitarMark Lightcap
Synthesizer [Buchla Modular]Keith Fullerton Whitman
Synthesizer [Serge Modular], Chimes, Piano, Bass Guitar, Mixed ByM. C. Schmidt*
5For The Trees
Electric GuitarMark Lightcap
Sampler, Sequenced ByDrew Daniel
Synthesizer, Piano, Mixed ByM. C. Schmidt*
ViolinBlevin Blectum
6The Stars And Stripes Forever
Noises [Emergency Alarm System], Sampler, Sequenced By, Mixed ByDrew Daniel
Synthesizer, Field RecordingM. C. Schmidt*
Tuba, Horn [Peck], Trumpet, BanjoMark Lightcap
Written-ByJ. P. Sousa*
7Pelt And Holler
Sounds [Brush And Scrub], Mixed ByM. C. Schmidt*
Sounds [Rabbit Pelt], Sampler, Sequenced ByDrew Daniel
8The Struggle Against Unreality Begins
Acoustic Guitar, Sounds [Blood, Glass], Electronics [Ultrasonic Doppler Flow Detector, Conductive Jelly], PercussionM. C. Schmidt*
Sampler, Sequenced ByDrew Daniel
Sounds [Sewer Pipe], Steel Guitar [National]Keenan Lawler
9For The Trees (Return)
Autoharp, Field Recording [Field Recordings], Sampler, Sequenced ByDrew Daniel
Electric GuitarMark Lightcap
Synthesizer, Piano, Bass Guitar, Mixed ByM. C. Schmidt*
ViolinBlevin Blectum

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Published by Professor Ping Publishing, except "The Stars And Stripes Forever", written by J.P. Sousa, published by Theodore Presser Co., ASCAP.
Recorded at home in San Francisco and Eagle Rock, California and on location in Hoover, Alabama and Louisville, Kentucky. David Grubbs' piano recorded at the Rare Book Room, NYC, New York.
The modular synthesizers on this recording appear courtesy of Ean White at the Harvard University Studio for Electro-Acoustic Composition.

Made in the USA

Packaged in digipak cover with 11 page booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 744861059028
  • Barcode (Text): 7 44861 05902 8
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): Z17945 LN OLE 590 ECD01 M1S1
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2U8A
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): wea mfg. OLYPHANT Z17945 LN OLE 590 ECD01 M0S1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): ifpi L909
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2U4C

Other Versions (5 of 11)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Civil War (CD, Album)P-Vine RecordsPCD-23429Japan2003
The Civil War (LP, Album)MatadorOle 590-1US2003
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The Civil War (CD, Album, Enhanced, Digipak)MatadorOLE 590-2Europe2003
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The Civil War (CD, Album, Promo)MatadorOLE 590-2VUS2003
The Civil War (CD, Album, Jewel Case)MatadorOLE 590-2US2003


  • scoundrel's avatar
    Edited 17 years ago
    THE CIVIL WAR is another fascinating concept album from Matmos, this time entwining American Civil War-era instruments and melodies with modern electronica. Well, maybe not “entwining” as simply crashing the two into one another headfirst. Tracks like “Zealous Order of Candied Knights” show their eagerness for experimentation -- and their playful humor. “Reconstruction” is straight-up weirdo house that gives way to a strum-and-twang-fest. “For the Trees” is all folk mellowness, surprisingly light on the electronics, while the marching band standby “Stars and Stripes Forever” gets semi-obliterated by drum riffs. As with all experiments, though, some fail: the bass-heavy “Pelt and Holler” seems misplaced here, and “Yield to Total Elation” lacks focus. But “The Struggle Against Unreality” brings things back, as does the reprise of “For the Trees.” Still, it’s better to move forward than lean back on your laurels, and Matmos does just that -- even if they go back in time to do it.



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