The Civil War album, they issued The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast, which paid tribute to William S. Burroughs, Darby Crash, Joe Meek and King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The latter two items offered wonderfully weird sonorities — teeth grinding, flesh being burned by cigarettes, cows eating or having their uteruses pumped full of air with a vacuum cleaner and played like a bagpipe. On this year’s Ultimate Care II (Thrill Jockey), Matmos made music with the sounds of a washing machine. This cleanly recorded album traverses rhythmic, textural and even melodic variations that start with the scritch of the wash-size selection wheel and end with the alert noise that signals the wash is done.
Electronic duo Matmos made their mark by sampling and rhythmatizing sounds that emanated from bodies, human and otherwise. Following their ambitious