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  • Summary: The latest release for the experimental electronic duo features sounds made from plastic objects including dominos, coolers, polyethylene waste containers, PVC panpipes, bubble wrap, silicone gel breast implants and synthetic human fat.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
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  1. Mar 18, 2019
    90
    Plastic Anniversary is yet another masterwork by a duo that have been on the top of their game for longer than some producers have been alive, and long may their reign over sample-driven electronica continue.
  2. Mar 25, 2019
    90
    Matmos successfully craft an environment both musical and tactile, some of the elements stretched to such extremes and arranged so well that they sound convincingly like instruments.
  3. Mar 12, 2019
    80
    It is a record at once dark and joyous, fun and foreboding, gleeful and eerily apocalyptic. Curiously, it may also be the group’s most ‘organic’ record to date, an album whose every beat and every blip seems to question our sense of the real and the fake, the human and the alien.
  4. Mar 25, 2019
    80
    Plastic Anniversary is unfamiliar, strange, unsettling, and wonderful.
  5. Mar 19, 2019
    76
    There’s always a risk that an album like this one will be received as novelty music, but the compositional integrity is there, and the music is engaging purely on the level of sound.
  6. 60
    Like other Matmos albums, it relies too heavily on the concept behind the album for merit. Plastic Anniversary is an impressive experiment with intriguing results; it's not, however, an album you'll likely find yourself revisiting time and time again.
  7. The Wire
    Mar 20, 2019
    50
    The project ultimately feels a little vague and indulgent. Though the sounds of plastic on offer are eclectic and the compositions joyous, Matmos seem to acknowledge climate change as a throwaway aside in favour of an avant garde remaking of physical theatre. [Mar 2019, p.55]

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  1. May 6, 2019
    8
    Matmos has mastered their craft of sample-heavy electronic music. What would originally be unlistenable orchestrations turn playful due to anMatmos has mastered their craft of sample-heavy electronic music. What would originally be unlistenable orchestrations turn playful due to an impressive display of sound control on "Plastic Anniversary". Expand