4 years since their record "Feeling Hands," The Mattson 2 are due to release their fourth album "Agar" on CD, Digital Download September 16, and Vinyl mid October 2014. In order to create the stunning musical journey of Agar, the Mattson 2 recorded the album completely live in the studio at Earth Star Creation Center in Venice Beach CA. The live approach further added to the exciting layers of improvisation and perfectly composed chaos via their inimitable drums, guitar, and loop based sound. The droning, raga ("agar" backwards) influenced vistas of Agar are as technically liberating as they are hauntingly avant-garde. And it shows the twins more telepathically connected than ever because all songs were recorded totally live in the same room.
A recording of a live happening is not just a mere documentation; yes, it captures the vibe of the artist at a current state in his or her career, but it's much more than a timepiece. In those old Eddie Harris or Chet Baker or Billy Holiday recordings you could feel the soul of the individual. That is because the record instantaneously became a living-breathing thing as the artist metaphysically transplanted her or his soul into the recording. In all the great records, many genius souls got together and, transcending verbal communication, their instruments became extensions of themselves that projected unquantifiable emotion, transmitting things that traditional language or vocality could never capture.
A similar form of consciousness inspired AGAR. On February 5, 2014, twin Jonathan Mattson, producer and long time friend Thomas “T-moe” Campbell, lapsteelist Farmer Dave Scher, engineer John X Volaitis, and myself arrived at Earthstar Creation Center in Venice Beach California. While M2 and Farmer set up, tuned up, vibed up, T-moe went to his station, sitting in the perfect sweet-spot of the room where he could hear all the sounds. John X was at the board tweaking knobs and gettin' tones (of course, while tuning the room balance, he was smiling and bobbing his head to the jams. I imagined what he might have looked like when he recorded the Rolling Stones, with his bright green hair, leather pants, and a leopard print vest. Or was it the vest that was leather?). We started cooking. The sound was captured and put into a mason jar with holes on top so it could continue to breathe, move, and survive. It was a collective experience that became protoplasmic and gelatinous. The sound produced was a result of two twin minds and three equally important non-twin minds amplifying, stoking, and vibing simultaneously.
Prior to the release of "Agar" The Mattson 2 will be touring extensively throughout the United States August 8th through October 8th and will be selling exclusive pre-release copies of the album at each of their tour stops, before it's released. So take advantage of getting the record early…Also here are some other M2 Merchandise items hot off the press that you'll be able to pick up at the shows….
These items will be available on The Mattson 2 online store soon. In the meantime, you can purchase this stuff at any Mattson 2 shows along their tour. Thanks for your interest and support!