If a hurricane strikes the office of your record label on the day of your album’s release, what do you call the album? The Sun Decays Them. The new album from Aux. 78, a.k.a. Nicholas Matta, is a beam of muted sunshine, as light as a snowflake and weighty as a gale-force wind. While Wampus and the American east coast wade through a flood, Sun speaks of a morning after.
We encountered Nicholas serendipitously, on the web, in 2010. After hearing “Loss of Mystery,” a shimmering gem from his -9 album, we were hooked. We started talking about what Nicholas might do next.
What he did was make his most fully realized album to date, a taut meditation on mystery and mortality in a world dehumanized by technology.
The Sun Decays Them is a “grower.” That is, you might not absorb it all at once. But after a few spins, after the songs have taken root in your mind and heart, you’ll hear the unmistakable sound of a switch.
And you’ll begin to see the light.