Those who sling "literal-minded" around don't usually intend the term as a compliment, and nor do they usually apply it to the iconoclasts in Matmos (Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt), but in this case, it fits—in the best possible way. And that's because their new video for "Very Large Green Triangles" features several... very large green triangles (well, they're pretty big, at any rate). And it's really cool.
As is often the situation when a seemingly simplistic concept suggests something more complex, it's the execution that makes all the difference, and the sight of these elegant, glassine shapes floating around the Bay Area has some of the magic of Albert Lamorisse's classic Red Balloon combined with a bit of Kubrickian madness (I'm thinking specifically of 2001: A Space Odyssey's black monolith).
Here's some background information on the production:
Intrigued with the ESP concept of the new record, l.inc design took the idea of telepathy even further and created the video for "Very Large Green Triangles." They worked on the video without consulting the band, counting on psychic cues to guide them. Psychic cues, '70s progressive rock album covers [I'm guessing Hipgnosis], and '80s alternate reality science fiction inspired their thinking as they sought to create a beautiful, trippy, fun, energetic, and slightly spooky rethinking of the song. The video interprets the psychic session as a full arc from every day details to larger and larger scales of Very Large Green Triangulation.
The Ganzfeld EP is out now on Thrill Jockey. I haven't heard the whole thing yet, but I'm intrigued by the list of guest vocalists: Dan Deacon, Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors), and Clodagh Simonds (Mellow Candle, Mike Oldfield). The label releases the duo's eighth full-length, The Marriage of Two Minds, in February.