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The Mira Variable

by San Mateo

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woodwork recordings superb release... keep em coming! Favorite track: sunwise.
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Flux_Capacitor This is a really unusual ambient EP. Not too slow, not too fast, its sonic layers keep evolving.
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MDonaldson ( San Mateo's music pulses and shimmers with the best of them, captivating the listener through crafty melodies in a way that outfoxes a simple 'ambient' tag. I say: cloudy music for a sunny day. Favorite track: burdens of beasts.
Gabriel Ferreira
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Gabriel Ferreira San Mateo has become one of my favourite atmospheric artists. Full support Favorite track: sunwise.
matt flores
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matt flores I love this album, it delivers that kind of ambient, that is nowadays hard to find. emotional but not dull. fab.
Myclick aka DJ Face
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Myclick aka DJ Face OMG! Perfect using these lyrics... Magic arrangements and beautiful atmosphere. I love it! This sunday @ our radio show Fluffy Clouds. We must play this fairytale. We must! :) Big Up! & cheeers from Prague! Favorite track: commencer au début finir à la fin.
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hypnopompia 03:42
sunwise 05:54


Expressive electronic producer San Mateo embarks on the next phase of his sonic voyage, introducing new techniques and mindset hurdles with The Mira Variable. Constraint informs the 5-song EP, with the music intentionally recorded directly from two synths ("using the computer only as a glorified tape recorder") without the guidance of a rhythm track. Says San Mateo, "I found that drums tend to define a music project more than anything, and will pigeonhole the sound into a style that I was not wanting to go for. While I know that a lack of drums can do the same, I don’t feel like The Mira Variable is necessarily ambient and instead spreads itself over a myriad of influences both musical and emotional."

San Mateo's other role as a visual artist continues to influence his audio project, The EP's title is a reference to a type of pulsating star, noted for its brilliant red colors. The music evokes this vibrant distance as San Mateo coaxes warmth and wistful emotion from his limited palette of electronics. "burdens of beasts" luxuriates in these impressions with its ringing and melodic arpeggiation, held at bay by sustained counterpoints. "the hiding places" is another prime example of San Mateo's artistry — a guitar-like motif floats above the song's downcast elements, evoking a necessary hope that guides when all seems lost. All the while, The Mira Variable continues to pulse from the vastness of space, a constant but unreachable beacon.


released December 10, 2021




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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