Magazine article Artforum International

Matmos

Magazine article Artforum International

Matmos

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MATMOS IS DREW DANIEL AND M. C. SCHMIDT. THEY MAKE ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO, WHERE SCHMIDT TEACHES VIDEO ART AT THE SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE. THEIR MOST RECENT RECORDING, THE ROSE HAS TEETH IN THE MOUTH OF A BEAST, WAS RELEASED IN 2006 BY MATADOR RECORDS.

1 Scott Walker, The Drift (4AD) Harsh, aesthetically conservative times call for strong medicine, and Walker's ghostly, epic return to the studio offers a thick and sticky ichor indeed. Demanding and "untimely" in the best possible way.

2 Always, Cruising and Gross Bodily Odour (Chapter Music) This Australian one-man band's percussive chanting (with delay effects) on fun topics like bear pride and toilet sex will get you off in a hurry.

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3 Brightblack Morning Light, Brightblack Morning Light (Matador Records) A psychedelic riverside tepee that binds together solid planks of harmony singing, Rhodes piano lines, and shuffling drums. Dreamy and drop-dead funky, this is great American music.

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4 Comebacks This was the year in which we saw Nurse with Wound in San Francisco, Emperor in Los Angeles, and Os Mutantes in Chicago, living legends of noise, black metal, and psych, respectively. Each of them played with total conviction and fearsome stamina.

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5 Kurt Weisman, More is More (Mad Monk Records) Weisman's solo seven-inch is a portable vortex of helium-voiced psych-folk laced with deeply disorienting electronic editing. …

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