Read the Bastard!
By Alan Ranta
With a name like Menton J. Matthews III (aka menton3), Saltillo sounds like you would imagine. This Chicago, IL producer paints aural pictures of neo-classical shaking hands with trip-hop, static-laden boom-bap beats and intense literary spoken word samples tied together by sorrowful strings. The debut Saltillo album, Ganglion, came out in 2006, so naturally its follow-up, coming six years later, Monocyte, shows a more refined approach to the aesthetic. The beats have less of a scratchy, analog sound and more of a distorted, industrial edge, with the consistent sound helping to hold the concept album together. Intended as an accompaniment to a gothic horror comic of the same name by menton3 and Kasra Ghanbari, Monocyte is a visceral listen, evoking post-apocalyptic imagery in high definition. …