Tests (process) from Portugal 2018
After a series of tests for the exhibition at INATEL in Portugal, last week, the thought of including some outtakes from the experience weighed enough for them to be shared. What's it mean? Through the lengthy process of editing, editing and more editing it's truly helpful to seek out and share aspects of the process of these tests, or somewhat incomplete works. Finding that some artists refuse to allow a closer look into their testing grounds...I find that revealing some of the initial pieces or inner-workings of what is to come, a marvelous augment to often guarded life of the artist.
Titled "Secret Room" these pieces are a reference to the hidden ways in which creators work, either within their studios or often times in the gallery space itself. Secret Room is also the working name for an upcoming LP to be released through Lightlessness Productions, via the newly added artist project "Ritual Six Letters."
Site-Specific + Performative Compositions (2017)
Adding to the rich archives, a number of recent performances and compositions created in conjunction with Manowski's exhibitions in Portugal are now available. These pieces resemble longer form drones, using textures collected from ant colonies, Alentejo atmospherics and ghostly/ supernatural radio hum. You can all but hear the past stories and conversations now filtered through the voices of insect chorus, Stone Oak, meta-nests and braided against the relentless sun and golden-arid valleys clinging to earth.
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Los Dos Weirdos (2015-2016)
Sacrifice ep (SOLD OUT!)
Born out of a primordial soup of many socio-musical ingredients, Los Dos Weirdos strives to open doors into the musical ether. Through combining the varied individual strengths brought to the project, the band blends the straightness of pop arranging with an esoteric sea of abstract sounds and music.
Gathering materials from sonic fields inside rooms slammed against outdoor atmospherics, these elements find a nest within a new ecosystem. Electronic drums, VST manipulation, tape cassette hiss, AM radio buzz, jagged guitar and bass harmonies moving into pop vocal arrangements, instinctively. Freely exploring texture and influences from Motown, dark ambient, post-rock and blues what winds up into this tornado is something completely singular and all at once familiar. The Midwest shares home to oxidized factories, expanses of farmland and cities like communal wastelands and this music reflects that.
Perfect Messages (2013-Present)
Matthew James Manowski's explorative creativity meets no bounds in this limitless analog expanse. His second release to date under the moniker Perfect Messages. The recordings here take time and place to far off new meanings. Source materials are just as elusive as the sonic drift and tidal wave generated from droning devices, synthesizer crackle and stream of consciousness ramblings. The recording of this album took place in Seattle, Washington during the winter of 2015.