Brainlove records know a good things when they hear it. If you’d prefer to just go over to their website and purchase Fear of a Whack Planet, that would be a much better use of your time than sat reading this. It features Internet Forever, Napoleon III, Planet Earth and Sparky Deathcap, all for five pounds, which is as great an investment as you’re likely to come across. It also features a certain Mat Riviere. If you’re a reader of the NME’s ‘Freakscene’ blog, then you might have read about him in the last couple days.
Following on from one of the best split records of 2009 with Jam On Bread, Riviere is set to unleash Follow Your Heart on the 7th of December through RCRD LBL as well as physical release on BRNLV. He’s an absolute master of making bleak pop that specialises in warming you up but making you feel a little bit unloved. I’ve never been lost on an icy tundra looking for an injured love one, but if I ever am, this is what I would like to be played on repeat in my mind. Actually, scratch that – looking for a loved one might make it a bit too optimistic. Either way, you know those days when you’re walking around town and you look at people and all you can think is ‘Why is everyone such a tosser?’ whilst your feet are slightly sodden? This is the soundtrack to that, too.
Not that he’s a miserablist – it’s just that the crashing casio rhythms mixed with Riviere’s unique voice creates something so unique that words can’t really illustrate. It is a little bit industrial, it is slightly harrowing, but the work Mat does is ultimately beautiful and unlike anything else. His debut album is supposedly due in 2010, which can only be a positive for the coming decade.
Mat Riviere – Castroreole
UPDATE from comments:
For the record – FYH is coming out on Brainlove Records too. We’re just giving away the lead track via the RCRD-LBL site, and putting a download EP up for sale on iTunes and eMusic etc if people want more, with three remixes, a live track from Airwaves and a new b-side.
Album – on CD January 18th. In the shops.