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Matmos’ Drew Daniel wraps up a sensitive anti-fascist statement with ‘Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?’ in his 4th album proper as The Soft Pink Truth, starring guest vocals by Colin Self, Angel Deradoorian, and Jana Hunter. It's quite a trip...
Daniel returns to dancefloor-wise fundamentals and more sensuous styles here that link back to the project’s emergence as the result of a bet by Matthew Herbert that Daniel couldn’t produce a decent house record. Twenty years later he’s still proving Herbert wrong, showing off a fine grasp of deep house dynamics in parts, but typically offset by his tastes for stranger, more esoteric modes of ambient and modern classical elements which come to define this record.
While the album is presented as a response to the torrid reign of Trump in America, Daniel offers a suite that errs toward hypnagogic meditation with a few key bits of dancefloor communion holding it together. If you’re just after his prized deep house styles, go straight to the padded swang of ‘We’, the buoyant and breezy flex of ’Sinning’, and the shimmering ambient jazz house of ‘Grace’, but if you’re in it for the ride, expect to be carried away on warm currents of new age bliss and Reichian minimalism in between those moments, and let yourself go with the album’s flow, celebrating creation and communion over nihilism.