Was It Ever Real? Is a super juicy, super limited CD and cassette-only release from The Soft Pink Truth, otherwise known as Drew Daniel, one-half of the iconic experimental electronic duo Matmos. This limited mini album (a harbinger of where The Soft Pink Truth is headed) is part of Thrill Jockey's 30th anniversary special limited releases. Four new songs kick off where Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase? left us, hitting us with the aching vocals and throbbing beats of the Dark Room Mix of "Is It Going To Get Deeper Than This?", a space age, super sexy, nearly 10min banger. The entire mini album moves the listener across the genres of disco, minimalism, ambient, and jazz, sliding onto and off of the dancefloor!
Other-worldly beats are loaded with inventive sounds and surprising breaks, including contributions from Matmos' M.C. Schmidt, Daniel Clarke, Id M Theft Able, Rose E. Kross, Tripp Trapp Trull, Koye Berry, Mark Lightcap (Acetone), and Andrew Bernstien (Horse Lords). This is not retro kitsch but pays homage to highly personal interpretations of disco such as Arthur Russell, Don Ray, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, and Mandré, or the jazz funk of Creed Taylor and CTI Records. The cassette and CD both feature artwork by Robert Beatty (Tame Impala, Oneohtrix Point Never, The Weeknd, The Flaming Lips). Released in editions of 500 for the CD and 100 for the cassette. Grab them while you can because these will not be around long!