Matmos are an electronic music duo from the US. Over the years they have produced a lot of great music – some experimental, some more mainstream – they’ve even worked with Bjork. Ultimate Care II is their tenth album as Matmos.
It’s a concept album – a piece of sonic art. From their site:
“…a single, continuous thirty eight minute experience that starts with the grinding turn of the wash size selection wheel, and ends with the alert noise that signals that the wash is done. Between these audio-verité book-ends, we experience an exploded view of the machine, hearing it in normal operation, but also as an object being rubbed and stroked and drummed upon and prodded and sampled and sequenced and processed…”
I love this kind of thing, both conceptually and sonically. In some ways it’s exactly what I expected it to be – very washing machiney! – metallic, watery, rhythmic in parts, more abstract in others.
I like it a lot, and wish they’d gone longer and deeper into the concept – maybe they’ll do a remix album!