San Mateo bends soundscapes and fuzzy rhythms, filtered through film grain and lo-fi aesthetics. The thread of remembrance and innocence guides San Mateo as warm emotion and intention emanate from the electronics. These songs are irresistibly melodic while strangely familiar, steeped in a tingling feeling of a shadow caught by the corner of an eye.
In a time of increased anxiety — fraught with divisiveness, depression, and addiction — San Mateo has turned to the notion of the Sonet Ring. A Sonet Ring is a term used to describe a healing ring. When the traffic breaks in one direction it automatically resolves to move in another. Though San Mateo’s Sonet Ring EP was inspired by our modern anxiety there is a silver lining of hope surrounding it. Things will eventually resolve to the desired resolution.
The theme is evident with “polywater,” a song that ominously surges at a slow pulse until a reassuring bell-like melody shines like a faint beacon. “re-evolver” is even more mysterious, hinting at something hidden as arpeggiated synthesizers and layered strings search for clues. A short detour is offered through “haliphon” and its otherworldly nursery melodies, and “terra incognito” is a deciphered sign with directions to home.
As a whole, the songs of the Sonet Ring are uneasy and cautious yet hopeful and expectant. San Mateo paints a future not mired in the past but better for it. The swirls of synthesized sound evoke a measured feeling, anticipating things to come but lightly hesitant. It’s a blurred photograph fading in and out as the Sonet Ring recalibrates to the vibration of history.
- Laurent Garnier – “Super EP. Great for my radio show.”
- Kid Loco – “Haunting, beautiful, and perfect. San Mateo is Ace.”
- Peter Kruder (G-Stone Recordings/Kruder & Dorfmeister) – “Great sounds here … love it!”
- Nick Warren (The Soundgarden) – “Four very cool tracks … all lovely.”
- Spettro (ELEVATE/Lucidflow) – “Well done emotional landscapes … amazing drums with moody melodies that come straight from the heart. 10 stars for timeless music.”
- Graeme Reedie (Silicon Soul/Mirror Music) – “Lovely EP … enjoying all the tunes.”
- Jon Fugler (Fluke/XLNT Radio Show, France) – “Lovely production, very hypnotic, and a pleasure to listen to.”
- Marcelo Tavares (Deep Space Podcast) – “Bliss!”
- DJ Chris Lee (Salon 10, Hong Kong) – “Nice abstract sounds … reminds me a bit of Jean Michel Jarre in the ’70s.”
- Hober Mallow (Might Reel/2ser FM, Australia) – “Beautiful dreamy sounds … super deep stuff.”
- Richie Hartness (untitledmusic) – “Elegant and eerie … I like it.”
- misterG (Green Arrow Radio) – “Music to heal your soul while giving rhythms for bobbing your head to.”
- DJ 33-45 (WEFT FM, Champaign, IL) – “Dark, low-fi beats with serious vibes. Unsettling and very captivating.”
- David Balasch (Passat Continu, Spain) – “Haunting, trippy rhythms and beautiful melodies.”