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The Sales Department

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"Accounts", EP, This Quiet Army Records, Montreal, 2007
"[sub]ways" EP, Test Tube Records, Portugal, 2008
"A Practical Guide" EP Test Tube Records, Portugal 2009
"Measured Life" LP Noise Factory Records, Toronto, Sept 2009



The Sales Department=MD Matheson
Established 2006 (estranged Beef Terminal)
MD Matheson formed the concept of The Sales Department as an intellectual reaction against the emotional reality of his previous project Beef Terminal. Some intellectual reactions:
"Matheson communicates an idea that is all too often lost in contemporary music: honesty. No abrupt shifts in timbre disrupt the tranquil and pastoral tone MD sets with delicate synthesis and well selected field recordings. The themes presented in Accounts are not abrasive, but welcoming.
Wholly, "Accounts"is a viable achievement in the realm of ambient electronica." -The Silent Ballet
"MD Matheson quietly retired his Beef Terminal alter ego late in 2006 after three wonderful full-lengths for Noise Factory and activated the Sales Department. On this inaugural EP, he showcases a more immersive computer-based sound that still retains the warmth that made his previous work so compelling. This paring down was due in part to his travels from Toronto to Thailand and China, requiring a more portable means of composition. With his previous work, Matheson had a subtle way of communicating the surrounding space: early morning subways, empty streets, humid metro nights. This remains true here, as on “Rain Projections II,” where a more wide-open landscape is hinted at and digitised bird chirps are pressed into a pregnant, languid tone progression. Likewise, “In High Doses” suggests a slightly askew witness to an unfamiliar setting, linked by a beat tied to Matheson’s earlier compositions. The Sales Department is not exactly a reinvention of self but a sleek refinement that preserves the core qualities. (This Quiet Army)"
-Eric Hill, Exclaim Magazine