Today, I bring you a very unique release from an artist called Doormat Matator. This release, called "Transmissionary 404," is one of the most unique releases I've heard in some time. It combines everything from softened big-band sound to washy lush synths that drench the ear in unwavering sound. This artist only ever made three releases, all within 4 months in the year 2015. I have no idea where they are today, and it is rather sad that such a talented creator would drop off the radar so quickly as they came. I can only hope that they simply took on a new project by a different name.

The opening track, "Reith," hooked me from the very start. Reminiscent almost of what on might call "elevator music," a slow and enticing big band recording is accompanied by drippy, hollow-sounding percussion. The big band recording sounds faded, almost as if representative of a memory. The vinyl-ish crackle that is embedded within it only adds to this effect, causing the melody of the recording to become intoxicating. This is a sound that is explored throughout the entire album, as almost every track has some sort of static or vinyl crackle overlaying it, giving it a dusty and old sound, as if it was taken directly from an old VHS recorded video.

Throughout listening to this album, I found myself journeying through my own memories of simpler times. These memories seemed to have the same dusty quality as the sound of the music did. More than anything else, being alone in an elevator came to me. This album sounds to me as if one was riding alone in an elevator, and perhaps, was alone in the world. It is dystopian, as the world seems to be today. While reflecting back on my memories, I thought of how strange the world is today compared to when I was a child. That wasn't even very long ago.

With the third and fourth tracks, "Ueit УЭИТ" and "Rajawali Tele" respectively, more synth-laden sounds are explored, which delve deeper into the nostalgic energy which this album displays. As the album progresses into tracks like "ТИТ-0249бис," some subtle vocal samples are even used, and a sitar can be heard in some places. They are all pieces of this larger puzzle of a nostalgic day-trip through one's memories, or even places one may have never seen before, being only a fragment of their imagination.

Being 10 tracks in length, this album is far more than worth the time to listen to. You'll embark on a journey, completely within your own mind, that is unlike any other. The dusty instrumentals and swirly synths are complimentary to one another in the most wonderful way. Take a break from it all for a while and feel something.

Listen here:
https://doormatmatador.bandcamp.com/album/transmissionary-404

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