Matmos Announce New Album
Regards / Ukłony dla Bogusław Schaeffer
Out 20 May 2022
Groundbreaking electronic duo Matmos have announced their new album Regards / Ukłony dla Bogusław Schaeffer, out 20 May 2022. Along with the album’s announcement, the duo have shared first single “Flight to Sodom / Lot do Salo”, a polyrhythmic swirl of transcendent choral passages and syncopated stutters.
Having assembled 99 collaborators for their previous album The Consuming Flame, on their new album Baltimore-based electronic duo Matmos focus upon just one person: Polish polymath Bogusław Schaeffer. Celebrated for his genre bending boundless creativity Poland’s Schaeffer innovated for decades across the boundaries of classical composition, electronic experimentation, and radical theater in playful form-breaking ways. A member of the influential avant-garde “Cracow Group”, Schaeffer was a prolific creator and an influential educator whose works often were under the western cultural radar. Enter Matmos, selected by the Instytutu Adama Mickiewicza for their like-minded adherence to experimentation, who were given access to entire catalogue of Schaeffer’s recorded works. In the spirit of both Matmos and Schaefer there were no parameters imposed on the use. The results are neither performances nor remixes, they are entirely new works that take tissue samples of DNA from past compositions and mutate them into entirely new organisms that throb with singular vitality. What emerges across this suite of eight new songs is a composite portrait of the utopian 1960s Polish avant-garde and the contemporary dystopian cultural moment regarding each other across a distance.
Like the anagrams of the letters of Bogusław Schaeffer’s name that were re-assembled to create some of the song titles, the album itself is a musical re-assemblage of component parts into possible but unforeseen new shapes. Adding harp from Irish harpist Úna Monaghan, erhu, viola and violin from Turkish multi-instrumentalist Ulas Kurugullu, and electronic processes from Baltimore instrument builder Will Schorre and Horse Lords wunderkind Max Eilbacher, the resulting arrangements constantly toy with scale as they move from the close-mic-ing of ASMR and the intimacy of chamber music to the immensity of processed drones and oceanic field-recordings that close the album.
The new single “Flight to Sodom / Lot do Salo” is a euphoric creation that becomes truly immersive to the audience. Layers upon layers of intricate elements, experimental tweaks, and soaring synth sounds build these deep passages. A cosmic creation that shows the expressive soundscape that Matmos carefully curate. This world devours you for over 4 minutes and once it ends, you long to be back there.
The outfit continues to create such refreshing ensembles, distinct and vast, and all that build-up to a unique tonality utopia.
Matmos – Regards/Ukłony dla Bogusław Schaeffer tracklist
1. Resemblage / Parasamblaż
2. Cobra Wages Shuffle / Off! Schable w gurę!
3. Few, Far Chaos Bugles / Uff… Bosch gra Wałęsę
4. Flashcube Fog Wares / Głucha Affera Słów
5. Flight to Sodom / Lot do Salo
6. Tonight there is something special about the moon / Jaki księżyc dziś wieczór…
7. If All Things Were Turned to Smoke / Gdyby wszystko stało się dymem
8. Anti-Antiphon (Absolute Decomposition) / Anty-Antyfona (Dekonstrukcja na całego)
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