Decades in the making, the musical duo Matmos have built upon their noisy and experimental past to create increasingly conceptual albums that collide together many worlds of thought and style. On their latest album, The Marriage of True Minds, M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel have properly outdone themselves, this time basing their project on a concept so well-crafted that its exact specifications shall never be known by anyone save for the band members themselves. At the heart of these vagaries are experiments in extrasensory projections -- that's right, ESP -- though be not fooled: Matmos are skeptical in their own way. Daniel is quick to drop the fun fact that belief in ESP is still considered a symptom of schizophrenia, so outlandish it seems to scientific professionals -- but all that hardly matters in the context of Matmos' project, for they aren't looking to shift any scientific paradigms. No, they are looking to shift their own musical paradigm, and five years of conducting artistic ESP research and synthesizing its results have led to what may perhaps be the band's most exciting record yet. What's more, Matmos have proven that growing with age and experience have not made them any tamer. Their apparently unyielding desire to explore the strange and experimental is as strong as ever, even if it is taking on many different shapes along the way.

 

CocoRosie's latest release, a 7" featuring "We Are On Fire" and "Tearz For Animals", is the duo's first release in two years, taking their hip-hop-influenced vibes into an epic realm of movement, smoke, and costume in this slow-motion music video for "We Are On Fire", directed by Emma Freeman. More cutesy is their collaboration with Antony Hegarty, of Antony And The Johnsons, with its lyrical hopefulness for humankind, its bizarre vocal melodies, and its drums like dove wings' flapping. Hear both tracks and read more details about the release below.

 

 

For the duration of their 7-year career, CocoRosie have been criticized and loved with equal fervor. To some, everything about the sisterly duo reeks of art school pretension, from their lyrics to the images they conjure of feathered hairpieces and child-like watercolor paintings. To others, it takes true wordsmiths, visual pioneers, and experimentally-curious individuals to craft music like CocoRosie's in the first place.

If critics and lovers are ever to converge on an opinion about CocoRosie, the duo's latest album, Grey Oceans, might be the starting point. It is a synthesis of their alienating experimentation with more traditional textures and melodies. This time around, CocoRosie seem to place a much larger focus on percussion and creating an overall rich, comforting ambiance. Noises now hide beneath core instrumentation rather than dominating the landscape, and Grey Oceans simply feels much more pedestrian than the sisters' previous works. Only the two closing tracks, "Fairy Paradise" and "Here I Come," stand out as especially disjointed; they break down into odd trance beats and utilize lethargic vocals, respectively.

 

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