Sunday, July 02, 2006

Matmos - The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth Of A Beast

The mad scientists of micro-beats electronics and Björk's favourite duo are back with their most accessible and eclectic work to date. Previous efforts included an album mostly constructed around plastic surgery sound samples (with the appropriate title of "A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure") or a sonic exploration of american history ("The Civil War"). Their new project consists of 10 homages to 10 of their heroes, each song exploring the individual world of characters such as Ludwig Wittgenstein, Patricia Highsmith, William S. Burroughs or Valerie Solanas. What makes this album so compelling is not only the fact that if you're familiar with each of these names universe, you'll recognize their elements in here. Even if, for example, you have no idea who the hell James Bidgood is (it seems he was a porn actor, by the way) there's always something to keep you interested, such is the attention to details that is Matmos trademark. You'll have to keep focused, as there's so much happening in each song, but in the end you'll feel rewarded enough to keep coming back again and again and again.

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