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Those crazy electronica masterminds Matmos are here with a new album of sonic experimentation, following the ‘Ganzfeld’ EP which was designed to test the listener with “reduced sensory input” to try to release any incoming psychic signals and use these ideas to create a completely original piece of music. Whether they have achieved that here is hard to say, this is typically standard Matmos stuff if a little freeform in places, there’s some interesting instruments and objects used on this album, banjo, tenor sax, bagpipes, wine glasses and even an espresso machine!
‘The Marriage Of True Minds’ is not as dark as previous Matmos efforts like the Rachel’s collaboration or ‘The Civil War’, it feels like there was a lot of fun involved in the making of this record, it’s quite playful and open sounding, almost as if they could take this project a lot further into other directions!
Opener ‘You’ is the usual glitchy stuff you’d come to expect but then on tracks like ‘In Search Of A Lost Faculty’ the experiment comes to the forefront with samples of test subjects and what they saw or felt or heard during the session, ‘Aetheric Vehicle’ builds into a lovely jazz improv feel and then what follows on ‘E.S.P.’ is what I can only describe as death metal meets Kraftwerk and ends like Super Furry Animals!
Matmos are constantly recreating themselves, never ones to follow any scenes or trends and they have certainly done that here, ‘The Marriage Of True Minds’ is full of surprises but still maintains what they were creating 10 years ago, bloody marvelous!
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