Out-there ambient sketches from Jonny Nash and Suzanne Kraft.
Indeed, as curious as Nash and Kraft have been in the studio, generally their preference is to calm your mind, not bend it, which makes it surprising to be thinking of Autechre when listening to their music. Parts of "The Land Through Which We Pass"—a great title for a piece that moves through multiple environments—peer over the cliff edge of chaos. Delays stack up, the feedback thickens, and you lose any sense of orientation. There's a part towards the end, led by a trippy hand percussion pattern, that, through a crystalline pad, regains a little normalcy, although only fleetingly.
The guitars and piano of "In Strange Company He Spoke Softly" make it more in keeping with past Nash and Kraft material, but in an uncanny sort of way. These instruments, although gently mangled themselves, are a strong accompaniment to the more extreme effects the pair apply to the machine tones. The piece is generally more coherent than "The Land...," but it eventually slips into a pleasing type of madness, one of the passages that suggest the MATstudio project will be an intriguing but bumpy ride.