Plastic Anniversary

Matmos - Plastic Anniversary
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2019 Ratings: #131 / 637
User Score
Based on 432 ratings
2019 Ratings: #314
Liked by 3 people
March 15, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Thrill Jockey / Label
IDM, Glitch / Genres
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Over the years, they've turned what could be a gimmicky approach into an enduring and frequently profound form of expression, and Plastic Anniversary is both relevant to its time and another well-conceived, thought-provoking chapter in their long-running career.


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.

No Ripcord

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.


On Plastic Anniversary, Matmos make a perfectly indestructible album from pure indestructible chaos.


Plastic Anniversary showcases how it is possible for an artist to find inspiration even in the most mundane. And from those everyday, ordinary (and some not so ordinary) sources, they can elevate their artistic intentions to a higher level.

The Needle Drop

Even after 25 years, Matmos is creating some of the most fun and inventive electronic music you'll hear in your life.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Plastic Anniversary is unfamiliar, strange, unsettling, and wonderful.

Under The Radar

Kudos to them for tackling a heavy topic that seems inescapable in 2019, and making it fresh, fun, original, and with the duo's complete artistic intention made very clear.


Recorded using only plastic material, the concept of the latest Matmos album is undergirded by the compositional integrity, the quality of the sound, and the sickeningly beautiful idea of it all.

Resident Advisor

Plastic Anniversary is just extraordinarily clever, something to be marveled at more than moved by.

Spectrum Culture

You’ll likely come out of Plastic Anniversary astonished by the couple’s skill and audacity in chopping up these sounds but wanting of that marriage of musical and thematic heft that makes Matmos so exciting.

The Line of Best Fit

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.

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I honestly believe that this is the best IDM album of the decade, amazing sampling on Matmos' side and every track is as alive and quirky as possible for electronic music. It's kind of childish in it's sickeningly sweet ways, which bring out the colorfulness of the whole production and it's pacing which ... read more
Texture heads, may I present you to this finest treat of 2019.
Ah yes, I have it when electronics become squeaky fluids. I've always had a passing interest in Matmos and their music, ever since I've heard about Ultimate Care II sometime in 2016, and have been a casual looker on of their work without ever giving their records the time they most likely deserve, and with this being the first project by them I've heard by them, by god am I excited to look further into their discography. The quirky, ... read more
This thing is quirky as shit and I love it! The production on here is phenomenal and has some wildly inventive and catchy samples of plastic materials that make up the beats (i.e. ping pong balls)! It's a colorful, intricately-detailed and insanely creative record that may be one of my favorite IDM projects of the 2010's!

Fav Tracks: Thermoplastic Riot Shield, Plastic Anniversary, Silicone Gel Implant, Collapse Of The Fourth Kingdom, Interior With Billiard Balls & Synthetic Fat, The Crying ... read more
I feel like theres been a certain backlash against experimental music in recent memory because a lot of experimental music has gotten to a point where it seems like groups are almost competing against each other just to see who can create the most obtuse-sounding, "difficult" and inaccessible music possible. So what I think makes Plastic Anniversary so great in comparison is its emphasis on being, above all, fun.

The record zips, bounces, and clatters across its run time with the ... read more
This is not just your typical industrial album. This takes you to a completely different and imaginative world where everything is made of... plastic. I mean first of all, the sounds used in this album are extremely vibrant and colorful, which is what I like in Industrial or IDM albums. (Despite the fact literally the only other one of these I've heard is Aphex Twin's Collapse EP.)
When everything's catching your attention and there are many different sounds to find, it makes for an incredible ... read more
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Year End Lists

#23/The Needle Drop
#56/The Quietus

Track List

  1. Breaking Bread
  2. The Crying Pill
  3. Interior with Billiard Balls & Synthetic Fat
  4. Extending the Plastisphere to GJ237b
  5. Silicone Gel Implant
  6. Plastic Anniversary
  7. Thermoplastic Riot Shield
  8. Fanfare for Polyethylene Waste Containers
  9. The Singing Tube
  10. Collapse of the Fourth Kingdom
  11. Plastisphere
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Added on: December 29, 2018