Boomkat Product Review:
Finally, a new Matmos album is with us. There's some mad stuff going on here. M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel re-create the american civil war on record. Strange as that might seem it can't be any surprise for a band who's previous album 'A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure' sampled the going's on in the operating theatre's across the USA. 'The Civil War', errr, where to start. The opening tracks 'Regicide' and 'Jealous Order...' both sound like the soundtrack to Barry Lyndon filtered through a million samplers and processors - highly strange and not just a little disturbing. The 20 minute double suite 'Reconstruction' and 'Yield To Total Elation' mash up things to a greater extent and feature amongst others The Radar Bros, Mark Lightcap, David Grubbs and Keith Fullerton Whitman psyching out on a Buchla Modular Synthesizer. More effective again but styled differenetly is the loopy waltz 'For The Trees', tripping up and falling around, made lovely by the guitar picks and Blevin Blectum's violin plucks. 'The Struggle Against Unreality Begins' then drops into dark psych-folk-rock with an acid spike and frazzled steel guitar rubs. Bringing the album to a close is a reprise of 'For The Trees' and all is lovely again but the prior 45 mins were one hell of a ride. Tough to love but hard to hate, that's Matmos for you. Recommended.