Matt Evans is a Brooklyn based musician, known also for his collaborative projects as Tigue, Bearthoven, Man Forever and Private Elevators. He announced the release of his first solo full-length. New Topographics is out on April 17th via Ben Seratan’s new label, Whatever’s Clever. According to the press release, it is an aqueous collection of drum driven, ambient adjacent, hypnotic soundscapes that radiate from a liminal zone between the physical and the digital.
He collages the sounds of writing, typing, morse code and others— swirling sonic byproducts from our communication systems— with percussive improvisations and synthesized “creatures” to trace imagined landscapes in a sea of noise. Synthetics and acoustics cross currents, unifying rubbery harmonies, wandering melodies, and incidental noises into a dreamy cybernetic ecology. We already shared “Cold Moon”; “Spinning Blossoms” is a new excerpt. Watch the official video directed by Soop Groop aka Vanessa Castro.
Director Vanessa Castro says this about the film:
“In the video for Spinning Blossoms, Matt, who scored this song and video, performs the various percussive and melodic loops that steady the rhythm of the song, while simultaneously falling out of sync with the actual performance of sound. Mel, the video’s choreographer, performs in another form of abyss, an empty office supply warehouse overflowing with detritus of corporate America.
To me the challenge for this video was: how can an ‘object’ of performance be both repetitive and improvised in both sound and movement? How can singular experiences happening in different times and places create a simulation of linear time? Matt composed Spinning Blossoms with self-made, sample-based, loops based on an internal rhythm that Matt himself created. I decided to follow that same framework.”