Matmos Shares New Remix; The Marriage Of True Minds Out This Week On Thrill Jockey

Yesterday, Matmos released The Marriage of True Minds, their first new album in over five years, via Thrill Jockey. It follows 2012’s The Ganzfeld EP, which was the culmination of four years of parapsychological experiments based on the Ganzfeld (“total field”) experiment and prominently features vocalists and voices for the first time in Matmos’ work. Earlier today, Los Angeles Times’ Pop & Hiss premiered a remix of album cut “Aetheric Vehicle” by Soft Pink Truth (aka Matmos’ Drew Daniel), which is available as a bonus track with the album on iTunes. “Aetheric Vehicle” is based on the Ganzfeld session with Keith Fullerton Whitman and includes vocals by Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak. Matmos broke down the album version for The Believer/KCRW podcast “The Organist”. They’re currently on tour in North America playing fully transformed arrangements of new and old songs with fellow tour mates Horse Lords and offering a mix of video art, cover songs, improvisations and telepathic demonstrations. A full list of tour dates is below.

MATMOS TOUR DATES (new date in bold):
Wed. Feb. 20 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos*^
Thu. Feb. 21 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club*
Sun. Feb. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Public Works*
Mon. Feb. 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery*
Thu. Feb. 28 – Austin, TX @ The ND*
Sat. March 2 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar*
Fri. May 24 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Sonar Sao Paulo

* with Horse Lords
^ with Mouse on Mars

Praise for The Marriage of True Minds:

“The song, ‘Teen Paranormal Romance’…is a study in contradictions: at once restrained and busy, highly conceptual with occasional sprinklings of pure electronic poppiness… It is as textured as music comes these days…and makes clear that ‘The Marriage of True Minds’…is an album to watch for this spring.” – ArtInfo

“The Marriage of True Minds is Matmos’ most accessible album to date… The outwardly fun melodies and rhythms are what define the album.” – Exclaim!

“A theme that appeared in numerous psychic sessions produced the album’s catchiest song, ‘Very Large Green Triangles.’ Fellow Baltimore rocker Ed Schrader’s booming voice repeats the song’s title against gothic-pop-inspired chamber music, creating an eerie, post-industrial tone harkening back to mainstream popular music so well that the tune lingers between the listener’s ears.” – The Advocate

“Matmos has made a career of translating highly improbable concepts into astonishing, utterly singular music, and with The Marriage of True Minds (Thrill Jockey), it’s fair to say they’ve outdone themselves… It’s a welcome reaffirmation that these guys are capable of anything.” – Philadelphia City Paper

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Matmos’ “Teen Paranormal Romance”:
Matmos’ “ESP (Buzzcocks cover)”:
Matmos’ “Very Large Green Triangles” video:
Matmos’ “Very Large Green Triangles” edit:
Matmos’ “Very Large Green Triangles (Schwarz Mix)”:

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Matmos Share Details of New Album, The Marriage of True Minds

Expanding upon the ambitious premise of their recently released “The Ganzfeld EP,” Baltimore-based electronic duo Matmos (Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt) are about to release their first new full-length album in five years on Thrill Jockey records: The Marriage of True Minds.

Matmos are known for making toe-tapping rhythmic pop out of odd and unusual sound sources. They have always worn genre loosely, but it’s safe to say that this is the first electronic album to start with tap dancing and end with doom metal. Comprising stomping techno, eerie synth jams, musique concrete, Latin rhythms, and Ethiopian music, at once at home in the academy, the art gallery, the nightclub and the noise warehouse, the dizzyingly diverse assemblage which is The Marriage of True Minds is driven by a tightly unified conceptual agenda: telepathy.

For the past four years the band have been conducting parapsychological experiments based upon the classic Ganzfeld (“total field”) experiment, but with a twist: instead of sending and receiving simple graphic patterns, test subjects were put into a state of sensory deprivation by covering their eyes and listening to white noise on headphones, and then Matmos member Drew Daniel attempted to transmit “the concept of the new Matmos record” directly into their minds. The resulting transcripts of the videotaped psychic experiments became poetic and conceptual scores used by Matmos to generate the nine songs on this album.

On The Marriage of True Minds, guest musicians including Dan Deacon, Dominique Leone, DJ Dog Dick, Leslie Weiner and Holger Hiller (Palais Schaumberg), Jason Willett (Half Japanese), Angel Deradoorian, Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) and more all go under the digital editing knife as they are chopped into tight, surprisingly listenable songs which-for the first time in Matmos’ work- prominently feature vocalists and voices. The album features an array of sonic tactics, and a broad swathe of musical styles, but this diversity is joined together with a common purpose: the translation of this archive of psychic experiments into a delirious hybrid of conceptual noise and electronic pop.

The Marriage of True Minds is out February 19th on Thrill Jockey Records.

The Marriage of True Minds tracklisting:
1. You
2. Very Large Green Triangles
3. Mental Radio
4. Ross Transcript
5. Teen Paranormal Romance
6. Tunnel
7. In Search of A Lost Faculty
8. Aetheric Vehicle
9. E.S.P.

Matmos – Very Large Green Triangles from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.