Mark Matos & Os Beaches
Mark Matos and his shifting San Francisco ensemble, Os Beaches, have been transmutated in the two plus years since the release of Words Of The Knife (Porto Franco Records, 2009). They have stood atop the mountain behind Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneer Town amongst the Joshua Trees and sang goodbyes. They have seen a darkness and stepped crashing into the light. A fire took the band’s mission district headquarters, dealing the men to the wind. MM went south for high desert visions and came back with Coyote & The Crosser, a concept album following the story of Trans Van Santos, his quest for the elusive Ball Of Light and his dealings with the titular Coyote. Inspired by the psychedelic experience, the album is a cosmic allegory of individuation, a new western future myth that recasts the promise of Words Of The Knife’s more mystical and adventurous side B as prelude in an evolving sonic narrative, gesturing to the great works of the past while reveling in it’s own singular mythology.
Words of the Knife (2009)