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Deepstaria

by San Mateo

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Enigmatic midwestern sonic-naut San Mateo presents Deepstaria, an album comprised of haunting synthesized textures and distant melodic evocations. The album gets its title from a translucent jellyfish tumbling through the deepest parts of the ocean. Deepstaria’s songs transmit this feeling of tumbling; bodies set adrift. As San Mateo describes, “The songs convey this idea that we are the wandering cartographers of our own lives.”

Last year, San Mateo switched his recording process from digital to analog and from software to hardware. The artist recorded multiple albums of material, with some of these ‘learning my gear’ experiments found on the Sonet Ring EP. Reflecting on this work, San Mateo says, “A Zen carving analogy states that you don’t know what form the rock decides it wants to become until after it has been completed. In this case, I had to sit and carve several rocks to get here.”

The results of the effort are sublime. Deepstaria’s tracks show confidence in these new methods and a desire to push hardware further. The sound is remarkably organic — its palette made up of warm tones and intimate atmospheres. Underneath is a hum of tension, representative of how things seem out of balance. San Mateo says, “We have set out to sea with only a candle and a half-broken compass. No one knows what to expect. It’s somewhat terrifying and beautiful at the same time.”

Deepstaria is available digitally and also as a cassette with accompanying artifacts. San Mateo: “I want something physical for future archeologists to ponder in a couple of centuries.”


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released April 17, 2020

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San Mateo Kansas City, Missouri

San Mateo bends soundscapes and fuzzy rhythms, filtered through film grain and lo-fi aesthetics. These songs are irresistibly melodic while strangely familiar, steeped in a tingling feeling of a shadow caught by the corner of an eye.

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