The thread of remembrance and innocence guides San Mateo as Naquin steers warm emotion and intention from his electronics. Influences range from post-rock to instrumental hip-hop to the innovating sounds of Boards of Canada and Bonobo. But Naquin holds the visual arts as most influential, including the internally visual terrain of literature. Says Naquin, “I want to write the musical equivalent to the book House of Leaves.”
It then should not surprise that, to San Mateo, the visual element is just as essential as the music. An active graphic designer and artist, Naquin supplies canvases and videos to accompany San Mateo’s songs. Naquin says, “San Mateo is first and foremost an art project … I try to see every piece as part of a larger whole.” These visual pieces mirror the dream-like sense that flavors the project’s sound.