Based in San Francisco, experimental electronic duo Matmos are as unconventional as they come. Their latest record has them sourcing sounds from an old Whirlpool Ultimate Care II washing machine.
Set to begin with the turn of a wash cycle selection wheel and conclude with an end-of-cycle noise, the 38 minute album will emulate the progression of a full load of washing. From sampling the machine’s natural sounds to creating their own by tapping it’s side, Matmos have created a life for the household appliance.
Throughout the album, listeners will be presented with a style of music similar to Musique Concrete and Minimal Techno. It’s fair to say while the concept is unexpected; it will definitely cause a stir between those who are looking for something out of the ordinary.
Surprisingly, this record is not particularly the strangest thing that Matmos has ever dropped. A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure (2001) primarily featured the snips, saws and squishes of various real-life medical procedures, whereas, The Marriage Of True Minds (2013) saw the artists try to telepathically comminute their ideas for the album in it’s lead up.