One year after Plastic Anniversary, Baltimore-based duo Matmos have announced the release of a new album. The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form will be out on August 21st via Thrill Jockey. It features Oneontrix Point Never, Yo La Tengo, Giant Swan, Marisa Anderson and more, all synchronised at a steady tempo of 99 beats per minute.
Oriented around a deceptively simple idea, the album features contributions from 99 different musicians, all given only one simple instruction: they could play anything that they wanted, but the tempo of any rhythmic material had to be set at 99 beats per minute. The resulting album is a three-hour long assemblage that travels across a shifting kaleidoscope of genre, mood and density, all synchronized to a constant underlying tempo.
“No Concept” is the first excerpt. Listen below.