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The Marriage Of True Minds [VINYL]

Matmos Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl (18 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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.

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BBC Review

Telepathic roots bloom the strangest fruits and Matmos’ latest yield – even for a duo well versed in the amplified neural activity of crayfish and samples of cosmetic surgical procedure – ranks right up there with their most oddball of audio stunts.

The past four years have seen partners Drew Daniel and MC Schmidt hit the lab to conduct their own unique take on the Ganzfeld (“total field”) experiment, used to check participants for extrasensory perception (ESP).

Attempting to communicate the concept of their new record directly into the minds of their subjects, Daniel would solicit responses from the sensory-deprived participants who would then describe aloud any images or sounds that formed within their consciousness.

The results became the inspiration behind these nine electronic pop perversities, awash with psychic chicanery and skittering algorithmic beats.

Cute compositional stratagems aside, The Marriage of True Minds heralds a return to form after the disappointing synth-heavy excesses of 2008’s Supreme Balloon. Where that album over-extended a limited palette, this set bridles with impish imagination.

Coil’s playful eccentricity is again, as it was on 2006’s The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast, a discernible and welcome influence.

Very Large Green Triangles (resurrected as an extended version from 2012’s Ganzfeld EP) sounds like an off-cut from Love’s Secret Domain as remixed by These New Puritans, with the psychic ruminations of screwy crooner Ed Schrader as a substitute for John Balance’s lurid incantations.

Triangles were evidently a recurring image throughout Matmos’ experimental research sessions. Expositions regarding their repeated visitations appear large In Search of a Lost Faculty.

It’s a stunning piece climaxing in a swirl of palliating bagpipe drone and the mesmerising voices of Clodagh Simonds (Mellow Candle/Fovea Hex) and Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors).

That this strange and fascinating collection ends with a perverse take on Buzzcocks’ ESP seems an atypically obvious move for these perennial pranksters. But this version straddles the uneasy void between feral black metal and hoary surf instrumental.

That’s much more Matmos. And, like everything else here, it works: a testament not just to the power of thought, but also a tribute to the second-sight of its creators.

--Spencer Grady

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3.0 out of 5 stars Review in The Guardian 27 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD
Madcap San Franciscan duo Matmos have previously created music using the sounds of liposuction, the pages of a Bible turning, the sound of blood in an artery and a cow's preserved uterus. Never a band to do anything the easy way, their latest wheeze involves an experiment in the paranormal.
Willing (or perhaps unsuspecting) victims were blindfolded and subjected to barrages of light and noise, and their resulting thoughts and observations used to guide the songwriting.
Tracks rampage through everything from ambient piano, to telephones, to what sounds like someone splashing in the bath. It's a lot more amenable than that sounds: there's industrial techno with a didgeridoo, and Teen Paranormal Romance suddenly explodes into beautiful symphonic music.
The standout is perhaps Very Large Green Triangles, a dance floor collision of strings and voice.
A bizarre, baffling, occasionally infuriating but sometimes brilliant listening experience culminates in crazed electronic pounding of ESP, Buzzcocks' 1978 class about telepathic communications.

by Dave Simpson
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5.0 out of 5 stars 20 years of Matmos! 18 April 2013
By Douglas Kaplan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Celebrate! I was very pleased to find out that Matmos had signed to Thrill Jockey. Marriage of True Minds builds on their excellent repertoire of conceptual art. This album features some of my favorite musicians as guests, including Keith Fullerton Whitman, Ed Schrader, & Dan Deacon. THE C-side of the LP is particularly killer. "Aetheric Vehicle" is a beautiful winding drone track with shades of Terry Riley, while "ESP" is the closest the band has ever been to black metal ending in raucous honky-tonk synth-pop. This is one of Matmos' strongest albums, holding up to classic works like "A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure" and "Supreme Balloon".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool sounds. Good Music 27 Feb 2013
By Brian Pike - Published on Amazon.com
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I like they way they create new and interesting sounds and create music out of it. Recommended to people willing to take a risk on new and different music
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3.0 out of 5 stars so frustrating 31 Mar 2013
By Xtian Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
there's this 1derful Bjorkish, IDMish quality to the whole thing...but that last track...not fair. I know that's not helpful, but if you have Spotify, you can listen to it on headphones and figure out what I mean. I'm not being willfully obtuse here, I'm just trying to minimalize thought and energy expended on what could have been a 5-star effort.
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