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Thursday, 25 February 2021

Satis Factory


You know how it is. You hear about a record and you are sufficiently curious to acquire it. You like it, play it a few times and then it sits on the shelves rarely being pulled out for another airing.

One such record in my collection is Satis Factory  the 2019 second album by Mattiel on the Heavenly label.

Some fellow bloggers whose tastes I trust were pretty complimentary about her self titled debut in 2017 and I recall there being a little bit of excitement around this release. I think that Rol featured the song Keep the Change which was enough for me to take the plunge.

Described by The Gruniad as witty and assured garage rock and by DIY Mag as a more experimental second offering it was well received by the critics

NME (remember that?) advises that the word split in the title  represents a dichotomy for Ms Brown who states we continue onto something else, always searching.

That may go some way to explaining why I haven't listened to it in ages. I'm off to put it on now.

Mattiel - Berlin Weekend

Mattiel - Long Division


  1. I featured Keep The Change at my place too,it's a fantastic track, though the single version with the backing vocals trumps the album mix without them. A really good album though, one of my top 5 of 2019.

  2. Yup - I went mad for it when it was released, taking the plunge on the back of Keep The Change.
    My thoughts when I placed it at number 1 of my 1019 Year end list:

    Eclectic in it's influences and sound - Tarrantino movies, Northern Soul, Garage Rock, Velvet Underground, a bit of grunge - all mixed together to make 40 minutes of anyone's time worthwhile.
    Every track has a difference and a re-assuring similarity.

    And I don't think my view has changed.
    Similar to you I plucked it from the shelf about 6 weeks ago and was blown away by it once again.
    More thoughts if you're interested:

  3. I think it was RD who initially turned me onto this one. Need to dig it out and give it another spin, I think.