Behind the name “Maddes” stands the recording project of Matthias Roos (Saarbrücken/Germany), an active multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer since the late 90s. For his most recent EP “Tools of No Use”, a mixture of Indie, Electro, Dream Pop and Jazz, Roos collaborated with engineers Julian Lowe (Björk, dEUS, …), Filippo Gaetani (Papermoon, Andy Bell, …), Fraser Smith (Little Man Tate, Shed Seven, …) and Marco Divic (Soft Plastic). For “Close to Something” Berlin singer Eva Stock (Bikini Jesus) was taken on board.
The five different songs were all recorded and produced at home and in project studios by Roos himself. His soft mellow voice is carried by playful rhythmic and multi-layered arrangements consisting of drums, guitars and synths. There is a touch of melancholy blowing between the dreamy lyrics and open harmonies, broken by unexpected turns from time to time.
The video for “Rounded Corners” with visual impressions of Japan was produced by director Ruben Kempter (Boysetsfire, …).
Musical influences or parallels are most likely to be found in The Postal Service, Kings of Convenience, The Notwist, Mike Kinsella, Maritime, Coldplay, Nada Surf, Elliott Smith, …