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Free Music Monday: Matmos "Very Large Green Triangles (Edit)"

By September 17, 2012

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After a long union with Matador Records, Baltimore-based sample scientists Matmos recently signed to Thrill Jockey, and the imminent The Ganzfield EP marks their first material for the Chicago label.

In typical Matmos fashion, there's a taut conceptual brief at play; something all too familiar for a duo known for 2001's surgery-sourced A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure or 2006's suite of devotional tributes, The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast.

Ganzfield and its follow-up LP, The Marriage of True Minds, work with sounds generated by neural activity, which lead MC Schmidt and Drew Daniel into a world of telepathy and mental projection.

Subjects undergo neural scans for Ganzfield source sounds were asked to visualize "the concept of the new Matmos record," no less; and, if "Very Large Green Triangles (Edit)" takes any more than its title from said experiments, then there are people out there whose brains are telling them Matmos are best armed with repetitive piano figures, cut-up vocal syllables, Gothic choristers, dizzying tuned-percussion patterns, and broad dynamic range.

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