Matmos, the duo of M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, formed in San Francisco in the mid-1990′s, and enjoyed a decade of success, including a string of albums for Matador Records and collaborations with Bjork, before relocating to Baltimore in 2007. But given the way Matmos has integrated themselves into their new hometown’s music scene, it wasn’t too surprising when, during last month’s Super Bowl, Daniel openly rooted for the Ravens over the 49ers on Twitter.
The latest Matmos album, The Marriage of True Minds, released on Thrill Jockey, bears some immediate fingerprints of the group’s time in Baltimore. The concept of the album involved telepathy, with the duo conducting sensory deprivation experiments in which they’d attempt to telepathically communicate ideas about the album to volunteer subjects. Many of those subjects were Baltimore musicians like Ed Schrader, who shows up on the track “Very Large Green Triangles,” singing about what he visualized during the experiments. There’s even a bit of audible Baltimore club music in the track’s danceable second half.