JG Thirlwell has contributed to the new Matmos triple album, The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form, which will be released on August 21 on Thrill Jockey. The album also features contributions by Oneohtrix Point Never, Mouse on Mars, clipping, Yo La Tengo, Max Tundra, Matthew Herbert, Jennifer Walshe, David Grubbs and many more. 99 musicians were asked to contribute something at 99bpm, and the results were expanded and folded into this sprawling album.
The Exquisite Corpse Game is a unique musical collaboration based on the rules of the Exquisite Corpse, invented by the Surrealists : each artist was given only the last 20 seconds of the previous composition and had to continue by recording instrumental music in any way they saw fit. The album, conceived and curated by Kavus Torabi (Knifeworld/ Cardiacs/ Guapo) features a piece JG Thirlwell as well as contributions from Torabi, Khyam Allami, Karda Estra, British Theatre (Oceansize/ Biffy Clyro), Bob Drake (Thinking Plague/ 5uu’s/ The Science Group etc) Weasel Walter (The Flying Luttenbachers/ Behold The Arctopus/ Cellular Chaos etc) Dominique Leone, Appleblim, Katharine Blake (Mediaeval Baebes/ Miranda Sex Garden) Max Tundra, Mikrokosmos (Levitation/ Dark Star/ Cardiacs) and Craig Fortnam (North Sea Radio Orchestra/ Arch Garrison).
Taken individually, The Exquisite Corpse Game represents thirteen brand new, original compositions by thirteen innovative musical artists but taken as a whole the entire album has a kaleidoscopic, dream-like yet homogenous quality. Themes and ideas seem to repeat and reoccur throughout in a way that could not have been known to the contributors. There is an ebb and flow throughout that sounds both pre-conceived and deliberate.
The Exquisite Corpse Game will be released on September 2, 2013 but pre-orders will be shipped at least one month ahead of this date.