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Expanding upon the ambitious premise of their “Ganzfeld EP” , Baltimore based electronic duo Matmos will 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 ... Read more in Amazon's Matmos Store

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Wow this is the best, I'm in Matmos Heaven! 14 May 2006
By J. Bewley - Published on
Format: Audio CD
While I'm all about new cool Warp releases, Matmos has once again reinvented the idea of conceptual dance music / fun / weirdness/ experimentalism- This album is Great!!!

A Rose has teeth in the Mouth of a Beast has all the elements people love about Matmos.

Lush sound samples, groovy dance beats, dense textures of sampled sounds- and that special touch of magic. It seems like other `star idm'rs' try so damn hard to show us that they are the kings of this music, to the expense of the music at times, but although sonically vast- this album makes no effort to force sounds down your ears. This is one of the best things these guys have done....since the last album.

Take a brake from IDM snobbery and enjoy this music!! O, Matador records has a free download for the title track for listening too; have a listen.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Portraits of insanity 25 Aug. 2006
By Briana - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After making an album based around the sounds of plastic surgery ("A Chance To Cut is a Chance To Cure") and a lavish period piece inspired by the English, American, and Russian civil wars ("The Civil War"), the San Francisco electronic duo Matmos return with yet another elaborate concept album.

"The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast" takes its name from the writings of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of many literary, historical, and underground figures that Matmos pay tribute to on the album. However, you wouldn't find most of the subjects chosen in your typical history book. These ten "audio portraits" are filled with murder, sex, and insanity, much as the lives of the subjects were. These sordid details aren't the only reason to buy this album, however, as the music is fantastic.

In "Tract for Valerie Solanas," a very androgynous-sounding speaker reads a passage from Solanas' "S.C.U.M. Manifesto" over frantic beats and cacophonic, disturbing noises. There is something deliciously subversive about using someone with an unidentifiable gender to narrate a radical feminist tract, and the song succeeds at sounding both snotty and clever. "Public Sex for Boyd McDonald," a pulsing and somewhat menacing tribute to the 1970's gay club scene, does a good job bringing to mind the dark side of the era (being as it was a sort of "last party" before the AIDS epidemic hit). On the other hand, "Steam and Sequins for Larry Levan" skips the darkness and focuses on the fun with a rollicking disco flashback.

Elsewhere, "Banquet for King Ludwig II of Bavaria" pays tribute to the mad monarch with a track that begins calmly but soon moves into screaming opera and the sound of breaking glass. The track ends with rushing water, alluding to King Ludwig's suspicious death by drowning. Insanity is also explored in "Solo Buttons for Joe Meek," an audio biography of the neurotic sound engineer turned murderer.

Matmos seldom disappoint, and "The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast" is no exception. It may leave you feeling dazed, but that's just part of the charm.
Matmos is amazing 6 July 2013
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I really love these guys, and this album is no exception. I don't think there's anything on here I don't like. They have a way of taking some type of sound that has strong cultural associations and then working it into an alternate reality that takes on new meanings and connotations, yet it never sounds like it's trying too hard to be original or different, it just is. That's art at its best.
Still holds its deviant charm 16 Jan. 2012
By The Cranky Critic - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Just wanted to put my vote in for this recording. I have owned it for a long time and find myself coming back to it over and over. When I first got it I thought, like the other reviewer, that it would be a one listen non-wonder. Like much of their other work this is pretty remarkable music worth more than a lsiten or two, three, or four.
1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
You'll Listen Once And Put it Away 3 Jun. 2010
By Kurt Steele - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have Civil War, Chance to Cut and also this CD, The Rose Has Teeth or whatever.

I spend a lot of time and money chasing down engaging new music but everything by Matmos leaves me cold. The title track of Rose is fairly cool but the CD coasts from there on. I've seen Matmos live a few times with So Percussion in New York and their whole cooler-than-thou-gay-San-Francisco-performance-artist jive is so tired.

I like the new bands from LA's Smell club scene, like HEALTH.
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