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Released: 15.03.19

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve had plastic surgery, washing machines and Ganzfield experiments, but what next for our intrepid duo? With considerable topicality, it’s plastic. Every sound on the album is generated from some form of plastic, chopped and screwed and sampled and mutated and yet – as is usually the case with Matmos – using a single sound source doesn’t diminish the album’s innate musicality.

Between the quasi-bashment opener Breaking Bread (which samples, you’ve guessed it, smashed up Bread records) to the haunted soundscape of closer Plastisphere (bubble wrap, velcro and plastic bags) you’ll find dubbed-up riot shields, garbage cans, billiard balls and – erm – breast implants. Plastic Anniversary is many things – social commentary, a guessing game, an act of single-minded invention – but mostly it’s just a whole lot of fun.

 

 

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