Chicago-based musician Whitney Johnson had been active in rings such as for example Verma and E+ when she began focusing on single project Matchess in 2012. Using pre-recorded cassette tapes, body organ drones, delay-heavy vocals, and periodic passages of severe sound summoned out of her viola, Johnson crafted a textural, ethereal audio heavy on tempo and atmosphere as well. Early recordings had been released by means of incredibly limited cassettes, with 2013’s Seraphastra originally released within an release of 50 tapes within the Digitalis label before viewing a proper launch the next 12 months on Trouble at heart. The label released Matchess’ second recording, Somnaphoria, in 2015. Her third recording, The Rafter, made an appearance on Austin label Monofonus Press in 2016.