Avant-Garde, as a musical form, isn't usually associated with pop music. That's not to say it can't be done. AU have mined that territory for quite some time now (and successfully) - but very rarely can an artist/band take it to the extreme without compromising somewhere down the line.

Thankfully this isn't a problem that Matmos seem to have with their latest track, 'Very Large Green Triangles', which is taken from the duo's forthcoming Thrill Jockey release, The Ganfeld EP (out October 16th).

According to the press release, "for the past four years the band have been conducting parapsychological experiments based upon the classic Ganzfeld ("total field") experiment, 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, and then Matmos member Drew Daniel attempted to transmit 'the concept of the new Matmos record' directly into their minds."

Strange, right? It continues...

"During videotaped psychic experiments conducted at home in Baltimore and at Oxford University, test subjects were asked to describe out loud anything they saw or heard within their minds as Drew attempted transmission. The resulting transcripts became a kind of score that was then used by Matmos to generate music. If a subject hummed something, that became a melody; passing visual images suggested arrangement ideas, instruments, or raw materials for a collage; if a subject described an action, then the band members had to act that out and make music out of the noises generated in the process of the re-enactment."


We're very excited about hearing this now.