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What separates Matmos from the rest of the rapidly proliferating "electronica" movement is a notorious lack of convention. Each Matmos track is a pristine moment, unpredictable and full of risk. Listening to Matmos is to navigate foreign territory; each turn is a new moment of discovery. Connected to experimental outfits like IAO Core, DISC, Lesser and X/I, Matmos' Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt do not tweak electronic music for its own sake, but rather as a core strategy for creation. Rhythms, loops, and samples of breathing and crayfish neural tissue are coupled with keyboards and acoustic instruments, resulting in lush explorations of the implicit potential of sound found in household objects and consumer products. Matmos' tracks make the "unmusical" musical -- sustained drones and abrupt interference drift without apparent structure, flowing fluidly from the warm and familiar to the uncanny and unlikely.
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