A CHANCE TO CUT IS A CHANCE TO CURE
BY BRET MILLER
The duo of M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniels offer up their latest plastic disc for your consideration. A Chance To Cut… is a collection of angular grooves, guitars, drums and samples of recorded eye surgery, rhinoplasty, testing for acupuncture and for hearing aids. The pops, scratches, clacks, squelches and hums are irritating and, if left out, might make the album more enjoyable. But then you’d miss the point entirely: by using these samples of surgery and clinical devices Matmos provoke the listener on more than one level. If Schmidt and Daniels had made a listenable album then they might have gotten their message across easier. As it is, A Chance to Cut… is a spotty collection of electronic music with an all too clinical grab bag of noisy clicks and cuts grafted onto sometimes enjoyable dance beats. That said, the album is almost saved by For Felix (And All the Rats), a lovely ambient eulogy to their pet rat that starts out very slow and moving then ends with the sounds of the cage being plucked. A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure is more a statement than a success.