Mata, the self-taught frontman for electronic music project Tulpa, lives in a house with no tables. Some days he wakes up angry, turns on the amps, and records. He has been doing this a lot, lately.
Article by Jay Meridian
Photograph by Hailey Jones
Tulpa is the brainchild of Mata, and a series of contributing artists. It is a low-fi musical force powered by Mata’s relentless drive to produce a genuine blend of audio art. The band released Dead Force, an exciting departure from its early work, on Bandcamp in October 2013. Mausoleum, a new, collaborative endeavor, is near completion, and “Fuckboy,” a contribution to 757Electronica’s second compilation CD, is well underway. Tulpa stays busy. Artistry does not sleep.
Dead Force presents a significant step in Tulpa’s evolution. Fans will enjoy Mata’s familiar, edgy energy and recognize an unexpectedly unique, digital refinement underlying the collection. Accompanied by melodies from guest guitarist Sex Lord (Kvltkraft), the album presents a post-punk soundscape that cannot help but satisfy.
Close your eyes and listen to the complex, aural orgy—a fugue of machined distortion pitted against Beethovanesque drones that build in an unforgiving crescendo. The tracks are accented by human screams, and wailing guitars. The album trudges, then dances, then sprints toward each new sound. The quick cadence and mournful vocals of “Roach Suit” will fulfill the dark craving for an audiopocalypse, while the percussive onslaught in “Savage Nights” offers a counterpoint to Mata’s signature, smudgy vocals. The effect is remarkable; it is the result of experimentation, and luck.
“We don’t refine often,” says Mata of his intuitive creative process. “We don’t write any certain way. It’s genuine, and done in one take. We keep vocals low in the mix.”
“Schiz Shit” and “Resurrecther” are perhaps the most divergent tracks on Dead Force. At the center of its halftone maze, “Schiz Shit” reveals a human voice perforated by an unforgiving digital distortion; it is an eerie and sensuous aural dive. In contrast, the familiar high-octave synth of “Resurrecther” is a nod to new wave. The tracks answer each other, and provide glimpses of a sonic heaven and hell. The difference is an unexpected joy—and the unexpected is what Tulpa does best. Energetic, mysterious, and raw, Dead Force delivers an intense brand of immersion. Listen for “Black Cat” Mata’s favorite track on the upcoming album Mausoleum, and seek out Dead Force. It is the sound we have waited for.
TO LISTEN TO TULPA’S DEADFORCE VISIT http://tulpa.bandcamp.com
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