Brand new Matmos release out next Friday 19th February
“Ultimate Care II”, made entirely from sounds generate by a Whirlpool washing machine”
“This is Matmos doing what they do best: taking a strange idea for a wild digital ride until it turns into something completely magical.” – Mixmag
“The final spin cycle provides a thrilling conclusion to this ingenious exercise.” –Uncut
“Pulling together theory, humour, and killer compositional chops into music at once intense, playful, and uncannily coherent.” – SPIN
“Brilliant.” – Stuart Maconie, BBC Radio 6Music
Since their formation 20 years ago, driven by their abiding belief in the musical potential of sound, the duo Matmos (Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt) have created a wide range of imaginative recordings and live performances. In addition to releasing a string of acclaimed electronic music albums, they have played the uterus and reproductive tract of a cow at the San Francisco Art Institute, canisters of helium at Radio City Music Hall while opening for Bjork, and John Cage’s personal collection of conch shells at Carnegie Hall. Their forthcoming album Ultimate Care II perfectly reveals their artistry; they made it entirely out of the sounds generated by a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II model washing machine in the basement of their home in Baltimore, Maryland.
Harvesting the machine’s rich vocabulary of rhythmic chugs, spin cycle drones, rinse cycle splashes, metallic clanks and electronic beeps, Matmos have crafted a work of sly humor in which one of the quintessential sounds of everyday life is transformed into an unlikely source for a surprisingly listenable suite of music Dan Deacon, Max Eilbacher and Sam Haberman of Horse Lords, Jason Willett (Half Japanese), and Duncan Moore (Needle Gun) all took part, either playing the machine like a drum, processing its audio, or sending MIDI data to the duo’s samplers. The result is a suite of rhythmic, melodic and drone-based compositions that morph dramatically, but remain fanatically centered upon their single, original sound source Ultimate Care II swirls with perverse paradox: it is at once funny and sad, bouncy and creepy, liquid and mechanical.
Ultimate Care II will be released on two different vinyl colours: one “dirty” (brown and yellow swirl) and one clean (blue and white swirl):
Out 19th February via Thrill Jockey
Available on CD / LP / DL
1. Ultimate Care II
Excerpt Three (music video):
Excerpt Five (music video):
Excerpt Eight (single):