NEW EXPERIMENTAL ALBUM, ENTROPY, OUT 22/02/2019: http://matthewmercer.bandcamp.com
Since 2002, electronic musician Matthew Mercer has released six albums, five EPs, and two film soundtracks. Embracing genres as vastly different as techno and ambient, electro-house and drone music, Mercer is always sharply focused on the details; his work spans from glitchy piano recordings to dancefloor bangers.
His latest, Entropy (2019), is a deep sprawl through subterranean ambience, bristling, textural dynamics, and manipulated field recordings. It is his darkest and furthest removed from his dancefloor roots, standing in stark contrast to his twin 2017 album releases, Nebulae and Starward, which focused on deep techno, tech house, and hypnotic repetition.
Mercer’s previous album Salvo (2016) traversed varied layers of glitchy pattern-weaving, while the preceding Supernatant (2015) and Pianissimo Possibile (2011) left the dancefloor leanings of his four minimal techno EPs and 12" singles of the ’00s almost completely behind, focusing on dense, minimal drones, deconstructed piano recordings and electronics. He has also spent recent years scoring films, including the documentary feature Vintage Tomorrows (2016). Aside from his solo releases and remixing work for various artists (including Sarah Nixey, Matthias Schaffhäuser, and more), Mercer is one half of both electronic pop duo Microfilm and covers project Jumberlack & the Cobra.