Album Review: Love Mistakes by Matom
For long time friends and collaborators Matt Edwards (aka Radio Slave) and Thomas Gandey musical synergy is a natural element of their relationship. The two producers were asked to collaborate on an hour of music to celebrate the iconic Hansa Recording Studio in Berlin, a sacred stomping grounds of music legends like David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Depeche Mode.
“The initial music was loosely based around the recording of David Bowie’s ‘Low’ and the works of Iggy Pop,” says Edwards. “I wanted to create these soundscapes that would allow Thomas to improvise and we managed to come up with seven songs in two days.”
The experience inspired Matom and the duo began splitting time between Gandey’s studio near Bordeaux and Edwards’ studio In Berlin. The result is a pioneering debut album, Love Mistakes, suitably released via Planet E.
Gandey eloquently describes the body of work as “a culmination of our combined skills and reflecting its contrasting environments, a dualism between the cosmic serenity of the vineyards in his south of France retreat and the gritty urban cityscapes of Berlin’s bohemia.”
The essence of Matom’s sound is based around live takes and recorded snippets of sounds from their tours. The duo established a rhythmic way of working together, where Edwards built the foundation full of voyeuristic soundscapes and smooth, cerebral basslines backboning the song. Gandey filled out the compositions with dulcet tones from various analog synthesizers, such as Fender Rhodes, Moog Voyager, Clavia Nords, Roland Drum Machines, and live percussion. The result is an album that will confront your understanding of music and shatter it.
From the opening ambient soundscapes in “Crossroads” to the broken grooves on title track “Love Mistakes,” the music maintains an advanced yet unrestricted sound, ensuing a thought-provoking listening experience that fans of experimental music will embrace.
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