The Mattson 2’s recent output has found them evoking the lush and carefree soundscapes of Japanese city pop. Their 2018 release Vaults of Eternity: Japan was full of loving reinterpretations of songs by artists like Haruomi Hosono and Ryuichi Sakamoto, their latest LP Paradise captures that breezy, sun-filled vibe. It charted Billboard at #1 Contemp. Jazz and landed features in the Washington Post and Pitchfork.
Amongst collabs w/ Ray Barbee, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Alva, Farmer Dave (of Kurt Vile), and Money Mark (of Beastie Boys), they released Star Stuff in 2017 with Chaz Bear (FKA Chaz Bundick, AKA Toro Y Moi) — also #1 on Billboard contemp. jazz charts — and reinterpreted Coltrane’s legendary A Love Supreme which Ashely Kahn (author of A Love Supreme: The Creation of John Coltrane’s Classic Album) says “there is a depth of sincerity and reverence in what the Mattson’s are doing that is unquestionable.”