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Artist: MATTIN
Title: Exquisite Corpse
Format: LP
Label: Azul Discografica
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
Features Kevin Pink Reason, Loy Chinese Restaurants and Billy Bao. "What makes this record an exquisite corpse? Margarida, Kevin and Loy were given the lyrics to these ten "songs" only two days before the recording, and each of them recorded separately - consecutively - without hearing or even seeing each other. They were only given one chance to record their parts for each song, so what you hear on this record consists entirely of first takes. This way, as with all improvisation, there was no way back: the moment is what matters and if you record it, its there forever. I hate telling people what to play, just as I hate other people telling me what to play, so each of the musicians on this record played whatever the fuck he or she wanted to. Contrary to the usual way rock n roll records are recorded (first drums, then bass, then guitar and finally voice) I started by recording the voice; then Kevin recorded his guitar and piano without hearing me; then Margarida recorded her bass, again without hearing anything of what Kevin and I had done previously; and finally Loy added his drums without reference to any of the other musicians tracks. The only thing that we had in common was the lyrics, which functioned as a graphic score or, if you like, as a way of setting a mood for each song. Oh, yes, and we all had to conform to the stereotypical duration of a rock song - three minutes - which also happens to be the ideal length for one side of a vinyl without losing any volume. Once the tracks were recorded, I simply laid them on top of each other on the laptop, and did a very direct mix without moving or taking anything away... so as to let the exquisite corpse vomit the new wine!" - Mattin.

Artist: MATTIN
Title: Songbook 5
Format: LP
Label: Dismembering
Country: Australia
Price: $26.00
"The fifth edition of MATTINs ongoing series uses "improvisation as a way of exposing structural cliches in pop and rock music" and "song structures to demystify the so-called spontaneity and freedom of improvisation." With contributions from JOEL STERN and ALEX CUFFE (SKY NEEDLE), ANDREW MCLELLAN (CURED PINK) and guitarist DEAN ROBERTS (THELA, WHITE WINGED MOTH, AUTISTIC DAUGHTERS), it was created according to a strict set of conditions generated through an obsessively literal reiteration of the number five: five musicians record five improvised songs of five minutes each addressing five concepts described in five-word titles; a twenty-five-minute concert with five-minute sections structured by five instructions based on the song titles given to five members of the audience; vocals recorded for the five songs in the form of a singing lecture at the Victorian College of the Arts, where the audience only hears Mattins voice as he listens to the backing tracks on headphones; recordings of the first three parts superimposed to create a twenty-five-minute album consisting of five five-minute songs. Edition of 555." - Dismembering.

Artist: MATTIN
Title: Songbook #6
Format: LP
Label: Munster
Country: Spain
Price: $22.00
"Butthole Surfers meets Run The Jewels" --Dean Roberts. Yes, there is rock, but its so deformed that not even no wave could help you make sense out of it. Imagine if a bunch of viruses filled with fake news and contemporary nastiness would go straight to the core of no wave, punk, and rocks integrity: authenticity. Not to say that the Butthole Surfers were the most authentic band in the world or that this record matches the production of El-P, but instead here you have some of the most exciting musicians in Berlin coming together for the first time, interpreting some lyrics from Mattin, dealing with our fucked up times and the search for overcoming them. To say that there is no authenticity is not to fall into the postmodern relativism that has been a debilitating force in the struggle against the new wave of neo fascism. In fact, the latter also claim their own authenticity: race realism. Not surprisingly, authenticity was also at the core of Heidegger, which somehow connects National Socialism and its French deconstructionist critics. Even if this record for some might sound like deconstructed rock through electronic noise and improv, it is also doing something else, like building a Frankenstein monster in the form of a rock-as-zombie-avatar: as if Lou Reed would haunt us from the other side, connecting the motherboards of our devices to our brains, giving us all electroshocks for not being able to stop this fascism-as-the-new-punk regime, while he shouts at us: they got the traction on danger and you need to take it back! Features Farahnaz Hatam, Pan Daijing, Colin Hacklander, Werner Dafeldecker, and Dean Roberts." - Munster.

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