Matmos’s career up to now has leaned heavily on concept-driven sample-based music. So why have they decided to use only synthesizers on this release and forgo their usual academic ideas in favour of a tribute to antique electronics? Well, everyone needs a change once in a while, but that’s a pretty lightweight concept compared to the gay outlaw theme of their last release.
The liner notes explain that the O Canada quote in Exciter Lamp And The Variable Band is a reference to artist Norman McLaren, but much of their bubbly futuristic synth music goes no deeper than what you’d hear in old TV Ontario science shows. Cute but disposable.
Matmos play the Music Gallery Monday (July 21).