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The Drum Chord Theory

The Drum Chord Theory is the debut solo studio album by musician Matt Martians, member of groups and sub-groups The Internet, Odd Future, The Jet Age of Tomorrow, The Super D3shay, and Sweaty Martians. It was released on January 27, 2017 by Three Quarters Records.

The Drum Chord Theory.
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 27, 2017
LabelThree Quarter
Singles from The Drum Chord Theory
  1. "Diamond in Da Ruff"
    Released: January 18, 2017[5]
  2. "Dent Jusay"
    Released: January 26, 2017[4]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Pitchfork6.0/10 stars[6]


Following the release of Ego Death, Syd and Matt Martians announced that they would release solo projects before making new music with The Internet.[7] When describing the music that would be on the album, Martians said that it was "very weird and wonky but it’s very core-heavy and melodic".[7] He also stated that the themes presented on the album, such as uncertainties and ideals about love, come together to tell a story, essentially making it a concept album. "It's really an album that tells a story… It's a guy, he's having problems with a girl. Then he takes some acid," he explained in an interview.[1]

The first half of the album has been described as a smooth and jazzy neo soul production, before a more psychedelic approach to this sound in the latter half.[3] On the album's sound, Martians said "I got the sounds from it years ago when I started taking acid—just taking myself through the journey of being one with myself and being able to sit down and make an album because making an album is very hard. It takes a lot of things out of you emotionally".[3] Although the album is a solo effort, longtime collaborators and friends, including Syd, Tyler, The Creator, and Steve Lacy, make contributions to some songs.[3]

Track listingEdit

The Drum Chord Theory[8][3]
1."Spend The Night / If You Were My Girlfriend"Matt MartiansMatt Martians3:40
2."What Love Is"
Steve Lacy3:47
3."Where Are Yo Friends?"MartiansMartians3:20
4."Baby Girl"Martians
5."Southern Isolation"Martians
  • Martians
  • Lacy
6."Found Me Some Acid Tonight" (featuring Steve Lacy)
  • Martians
  • Lacy
  • Martians
  • Lacy
7."Alotta Women / Useless" (featuring Kari Faux)
  • Martians
  • Faux
9."Dent Jusay" (featuring Syd and Steve Lacy)
Tyler Gregory Okonma2:37
10."Callin' On Me"Martians
  • Martians
  • Okonma
11."Diamond in da Ruff"Martians
  • Martians
  • Lacy
12."Elevators" (Bonus)Martians
  • Martians
  • Tay Dreamin'



  1. ^ a b c "PREVIEW: Matt Martians - The Drum Chord Theory". 20 January 2017.
  2. ^ "The Internet's Matt Martians Unveils 'The Drum Chord Theory' Solo LP".
  3. ^ a b c d e "The Internet's Matt Martians Takes a Trip on His Adventurous Solo Debut".
  4. ^ a b "Watch Matt Martians Bring Syd And Steve Lacy On A Stroll For His "Dent Jusay" Video". The FADER.
  5. ^ "Matt Martians Announces The Drum Chord Theory Album, Shares "Diamond In Da Ruff" Single". The FADER.
  6. ^ "Matt Martians: The Drum Chord Theory Album Review | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  7. ^ a b "The Internet's Syd and Matt Martians Announce Solo Albums - Pitchfork".
  8. ^ Okayplayer. "Matt Martians' Debut Solo Album 'The Drum Chord Theory' Is Now Out". Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Matt Martians - Hidden Track "Feelin" Lyrics". Genius. Retrieved 17 March 2017.