Stream Pure Matrix’s Drain

Niccolo Porcello

Pure Matrix Drain

Brooklyn based producer Daniel Moore has just released a new album from his solo side-project Pure Matrix. Drain is a haunting 40 minutes of dark electronica that swirls and coalesces into shapes only vaguely recognizable. The opening “Impotence Reigns” is a downtempo dirge full of semi-opaque sound bubbles, seemingly always moving upwards towards bursting. At points an organ synthesizer joins the mix, adding to the Gothic-naval aesthetic that over-arches much of the album. “Blood Ritual” is more industrial, but with a similar looming static as the opener. Topping out at 14 minutes and 35 seconds, “Blood Ritual” is the longest song on the album and the most varied; certain movements span a five- or six-minute range and yet only take up a relatively conservative portion of the track. The closer, “Cold Clench”, is a trip through a polyphonic funhouse that when heard on good headphones or good speakers becomes somewhat disorienting, although not necessarily in an unpleasant manner.

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Moore made the album “live”, which is to say not spliced together, according to his bandcamp using only “SAMPLER, ARP 2800, MOOG.” This shows, as there is a kineticism to Drain that prevents it from shifting into the baroque manufactured dysfunctionality of Daniel Lopatin’s work. This is a boon to the album, as much of its coherence comes from that “liveness” that surrounds the production. Not all dark-wave electronica is so listenable as Drain, a wholly enjoyable, if not downright pleasant 40 minutes.

You can stream Drain below. It is available on cassette via Primitive Languages.

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