pasar fosil

by fosil sangiran

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from the archives of matt shoemaker.

fosil sangiran is the pseudonym for seattle polymath matt shoemaker (1974-2017). the two recordings that have been uncovered
from his archives under this moniker were recorded during a lengthy sabbatical in java, indonesia between 2012 and 2013. though
these works both operate very clearly within shoemaker’s aesthetic, he choose to operate under this moniker to provide a clarifying
distance from what he believed to be his commonplace birth name. sangiran refers to the unesco world heritage site in indonesia
where numerous archeological discoveries have been made providing insight into the understanding of early human development.
it’s an apt metaphor to his churning arrays of psychotropic sound design, which give the allusion of being distressed from aeons of
jungle rot.

pasar fosil is classic shoemaker. at the core to this album is an ur-drone sculpted from electro-acoustics, analog synthesis, and
most probably a radically altered field recording here or there. all of these accretions of sustained tone organize themselves with a
rhizomatic logic of recombinant twists, folds, and mutations. elegant harmonics with golden, clarion hues set the stage to this album,
but shoemaker would never allow for any his compositions to merely stand as polite ambient music. no. he deftly introduces sheared
metallic timbres and rasping dissonance that tug with a gravitational heft. by the second half of the album, shoemaker plunges into
aural thickets that are openly hostile to the listener, articulated through allusions to a humid claustrophobia and radioactive toxicity.
even compared to the muscular minimalism of organum, pasar fosil is unsettling as it is exquisite.

published with the approval of the shoemaker family. all profits will be donated to the jack straw cultural center.


released May 18, 2018

fosil sangiran is matt shoemaker
mastering: jim haynes
design: helen scarsdale
appropriated imagery: matt shoemaker & helen scarsdale


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post-industrial research, surrealist collage, refined minimalism, caustic electro-acoustics, sublimated dream-pop, obfuscated field recordings, recombinant noise, existential vacancy, and then some.

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