As an anniversary isn't the same without a good gift, Thrill Jockey decided to sign Matmos coinciding with the celebration of the label’s 20th birthday. It all comes together, because the couple (both musical and in real life) consisting of M. C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel is 20 years old as well this year. In October, they'll deliver “The Ganzfeld EP” , their “most conceptually elaborate yet weirdly poppy record” yet, in advance of their new album, “ The Marriage Of True Minds”, expected for early 2013.
Both releases have the same conceptual basis: telepathy. For the past four years, the band have conducted parapsychological experiments based on the classic Ganzfeld method (“total field”), but with a twist: instead of sending and receiving simple graphic patterns, test subjects were put into a state of sensory deprivation by covering their eyes and listening to white noise on headphones; then Drew Daniel tried to transmit “the concept of the new Matmos record” directly into their minds. Test subjects were asked to describe anything they saw or heard within their minds, and from the transcriptions Drew created a kind of score that they then used to make their music.
The EP features three songs, two of which came from those hypnotic sessions. The third is a minimal techno remix by Rrose of “ You”. On “ Just Waves”, three guest vocalists are featured: Dan Deacon, Angel Deradoorian, and Clodagh Simonds (Fovea Hex). The music goes from panoramic, electronic pop to phantasmagoric choral music. The results are “eclectic, fun, and disorienting in equal measure.”
To help recreate the circumstances experienced by the test subjects, Thrill Jockey teamed up with Incase, to offer a limited edition of “The Ganzfeld EP” in an autographed and numbered box set, including a vinyl or CD copy, a pair of Incase headphones, and a pair of opaque glasses.