Electronic duo Matmos share head spinning new video for “Excerpt Five”

December 23, 2015


Acclaimed electronic music duo Matmos share new video for “Excerpt Five” today
Directed by Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) and Peter KnightNew album “Ultimate Care II”, out 19th February 

Whole album ingeniously made entirely from sounds generated by a Whirlpool washing machine

“Ultimately, it is a piece of music that utilizes the artist’s’ signature skill: creating unusual sounds with unusual materials that ends up sounding really very good.” – Thump

“Electronic music is generally a sound-for-sound’s-sake proposition, offering either functional grooves for dancing’n’drugging or abstract bleepscapes for chilling’n’drifting… Matmos are pioneers of a micro-trend that goes in the opposite direction.” – The Guardian

“Matmos doing what they do best, pulling together theory, humour, and killer compositional chops into music at once intense, playful, and uncannily coherent.”SPIN

The conceptual art and electronic music duo Matmos (Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt) share the first video “Excerpt Five” from their ingenious forthcoming new album, Ultimate Care II, which will be released on 19th February, 2016 via Thrill Jockey.

The head spinning video was directed by renowned London based multimedia artist Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) & animator Peter Knight. The pair gave their insight on the clip:

“Having many times visited the Matmos laundry room, sorry, studio, we were delighted to hear that the two elements of the room had been combined for this artistic venture, and since we were staying there earlier this year we set about filming the very washing machine that is on the album, then later found some wonderful footage of washing machines from Rick Prelinger’s archives and the Internet Archive in general. We hope that the collage within the musical composition is reflected well within the video too.”

Driven by their abiding belief in the musical potential of sound, Matmos have always created a wide range of imaginative recordings and inventive live performances since their formation 20 years ago. Ultimate Care II perfectly reveals the duo’s inventive 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.

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 humour in which one of the quintessential sounds of everyday domestic life is transformed into an unlikely source for a surprisingly listenable suite of music. Dan Deacon, Max Eilbacher andSam 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.


Matmos – “Ultimate Care II”
Out 19th February via Thrill Jockey
Available on CD / LP / DL 


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