Aux.78 | The Sun Decays Them

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The Sun Decays Them

by Aux.78

A heady blend of urban grit and desert solitude.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Plan D
2:04 album only
2. A Colorful Death
4:05 album only
3. I Love You But You Make Things Harder
4:09 album only
4. One Two One
3:21 album only
5. And the Sun Decays Them
3:39 album only
6. Dried
5:48 album only
7. These Trees Don't Know (What to Think of It)
3:36 album only
8. The Flats
2:12 album only
9. Fourth State
3:40 album only
10. With Our Likes
6:05 album only
11. Taxidermy With a Witch's Wrist
2:53 album only
12. Twenty Twenty
4:43 album only
13. Man for Every Season
2:29 album only
14. Plan B
1:28 album only


Album Notes
A car coasts across the flats of west Texas, all horsepower and tailfins. Near El Paso, near Juárez, you glimpse the license plate: it reads Aux.78. Inside rumbles the music of Nicholas Matta, cryptic and unclassifiable, a blend of urban grit, desert solitude, and what one might describe as a backwards echo of some future moment. It sure doesn’t explain itself to you.

On that lonesome road Matta unveils 'The Sun Decays Them,' a mélange of folk and electronica, strident street poetry, and bedrock spiritualism infused with Latino and Native American accents. From the funereal “A Colorful Death” to the matter-of-fact “I Love You But You Make Things Harder” to the pastoral title track, 'Sun' shines warmly, illuminating its remote spot on the continuum with a sort of mortal optimism. Yet much remains in shadow in the world of Aux.78.

Matta was raised in El Paso, not far from a contentious juncture of the U.S.-Mexico border, and lived there for most of his life until relocating last year to Portland, Oregon. The move was key to creating the new record, his first for a label. “I’ll always love El Paso, but Portland is home now,” he says. “The DIY aesthetic and personal touches to everyday life make Portland vibrant and exciting, free-thinking and accepting… My father was a guitar player and opened my world to music and art early on. So I have been speaking that language ever since.”

A bit of a contrarian and purist (by his own admission), Matta entertains scarce interest in the machinations of the music business. “I don’t need to sell a billion downloads,” he says. “I just do what I do. My audience is there to crowd around my work. I am not here to coddle them. I don’t care what the trends are or what people are listening to. I don’t care what sells. I don’t expect my listeners to expect anything more of me than music delivered from the heart, in all of its incarnations.”



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