Assembled Minds — Matt Saunders
Assembled Minds is the electronic recording project of Matt Saunders — traditional analogue studio rituals, sci-fi dreaming, shimmering ravecore techno and arcane LED-lit magick practices.
He runs Patterned Air Recordings, is an audio mastering engineer (808Hz ), and is one half of 4AD electronica misfits ‘Magnétophone’.
Creaking Haze and Other Rave-Ghosts
Differently great. Rippling reverb-misted pianos and a sleepwalk trance of drum machines and pumping bass – the vibe is much more Ultramarine’s “British Summertime” than ardkore. And there’s this sound that’s in most of the tracks: a high-pitched “peaky” timbre that is… ecstatically edging into dissonance, is the best I can do by way of describing it. It reminded me of what Trevor Horn once told me: his belief that great albums have the same sound running all the way through – his example was The Blue Nile’s Hats – so that every track is a chip off the same lustrous block, refracting slightly different. Simon Reynolds, Retromania
The Assembled Minds is the work of Matt Saunders, formerly one half of Magnétophone (4AD). It’s a brilliant distillation of lost nights out and the ghosts of dead raves. Like the sounds in your head the day after, when you’re vainly attempting to sleep, but the rhythm won’t stop. Brilliant misremembered rave flashbacks.Jim Jupp, Ghost Box Records
‘Come Meet Us in the Grotto’— 26/01/16. Gideon Coe, BBC 6Music
‘The Face in the Mirror is Not Mine’— 19/01/16. Gideon Coe, BBC 6Music
‘Morris Horror’ — 14/01/16. Tom Ravenscroft, BBC 6Music
‘Through the Morris Light’ — 14/01/16. Tom Ravenscroft, BBC 6Music
‘Morris Horror’ — 23/12/15. Gideon Coe, BBC 6Music
28 Jan 2016
Legendarily awesome journalist Simon Reynolds has given Assembled Minds’ Creaking Haze a thorough and brilliant review. You can read it here: Simon Reynolds Reviews Assembled Minds
11 Nov 2015
Assembled Minds’ second album, and our first, ‘Creaking Haze and Other Rave-Ghosts’, will be released on 25th January 2016.
It’ll be packaged in a 400gsm custom poly-sleeve tied with a strip of leather, full colour U-card insert with double-sided printed card wallet, a fold-out 405mm x 99mm artwork, a hand printed rave-cult myth-symbol in silver on black card, and a symbol-printed tracing paper square.
Shimmering Morris-techno-rave for anyone whoever daydreamed of dancing through the dark, frightening night in a mysterious hazy elsewhere.
The first AM album ‘Tomorrow Curves’ was released on First Fold Records in 2011. We are planning on re-releasing it on Patterned Air sometime in the near future.
A wyrd collection of Radiophonic analogue sci-fi soundtracks and voltage controlled incantations. It’s the sound of traditional tape studio rituals, wide-eyed sci-fi dreaming, arcane LED-lit magical practices and dirty workshop magick.
Assembled Minds’ second album will be released on 25th January 2016 on Patterned Air.
This is an album that almost doesn’t exist.
It’s a cloud of old memories; a collective remembrance-pool of distant Saturday nights out, rave-fields, night-clubs, dancing, getting intimidated, getting high, feeling the love of the tribe but always looking over our shoulders for some dark threat or other. And best not mention the bad trips.
We’re getting lost in daydreams of flickering techno-rituals and the blinding lights of open-til-4am chippies. We’re dancing and belting around in the swirling whiteout haze of decades gone-by, and the highs we’re indulging in from these vaporous remembrances are becoming unbearably addictive. They’re almost too good to ever come back from; they’re so much better than the shit we have to deal with in the real world. So when the whole of the tribe is back in the rave-fields in a simultaneous collective recollection, every one of us dancing in the eerie pulsing fog, perhaps then we’ll choose to stay there in that moment, and fade away happily, if slightly intimidated, into our own memories.