Release Date: Mar 15, 2019
Record label: Thrill Jockey
Plastic Anniversary is the newest addition to Matmos ' ever-growing canon of unconventional sample-based concept records. Following on from 2016's critically acclaimed Ultimate Care II (an album made entirely of washing machine samples) Matmos ' latest effort sees them embracing a slightly less limited sound palette - plastic. The field recording virtuosos have built this record from samples of anything and everything plastic, ranging from exercise balls to pool balls, vinyl records to bubble wrap and bins to breast implants, and this very mixed bag of materials has produced some similarly mixed results.
In the 150 years since John Wesley Hyatt patented celluloid, the first commercially viable, mass-produceable thermoplastic, the spread of artificial polymers and malleable artificial compounds throughout the earth is approaching catastrophic levels. A 2015 study in the journal Science put the annual toll on the world's oceans at somewhere between 1.1 and 8.8 million metric tons. Picture, for a moment, eight million Toyota Prius's worth of takeaway containers, mineral water bottles, broken electrical appliances, vehicle fuel tanks, crisp packets, playground fixtures, and faux-wood planks.