Lost in a State

— The poetry and words of Matthew Peipert —


Yes, I release a lot of unconventional work. But this one might just might take the cake.

The first track of Great Blue Heron incorporates a live performance by Nathan Anspaugh, featuring my words. Musician Sheonator Pseak is on the hurdy gurdy. The second track is a remix, taken in a different and wintery direction by Mark R. Heath. I also want to credit Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s great book In Love with the World, from which selections are partially used.

Close your eyes, inhabit a heron, and let these sounds take you to hitherto unexplored places.

You can listen to the songs on Bandcamp here!

To read the original piece, go here.


Some of my work will be part of a one-day exhibition called “Portraits”, in Tokyo. Held at Longfellow Salon in Chuo-ku, the mixed-media exhibit will include music, painting, poetry and wet plate photography. I am also super excited that the show includes some of my brother Ben Peipert’s fantastic photomontage work. If you are in Tokyo, please try to make it!


Happy holidays from The Mistleturds!

It was so much fun to work with (immediate) family and friends on this song. It’s sort of an homage to a certain kind of punk from an earlier era – loud, fast, silly and shitty.

Please listen, download and share here!

Ten percent of sales go to the Harmony Project, which provides music education to underserved youth.


I’m pretty excited. A series of short writings I did is going to be part of a live performance this Friday. The performance is part of the official opening show at Nachtbrötchen Gallery in Roermond, the Netherlands.

My writing – called Blue Heron – will be incorporated into a mixed-culture shamanistic production by Germany-based artist Nate Anspaugh, with music by Sheonator Pseak.

Chances are you won’t be in the Netherlands this weekend, but I hope to have some video to share soon!


“To the Brim Again” is, at its core, an ode to drinking. I wrote the words back in February of this year, so the piece is definitely informed by the pandemic, but I hope it captures something more timeless. I was lucky enough to collaborate with the fantastically talented musician Mark R. Heath on this spoken song, and I couldn’t be happier with the end result. It leans heavily on reverie, but also journeys grandly through other moods and intensities.

You can listen to the song on Bandcamp here!

To read the original piece, you can find it here.


So one night recently I stayed up late writing a sermon. Well, not a real sermon.

My idea was that the piece of writing could become the basis of a song, so I approached a couple of talented musicians and they were onboard with the idea.

What they created is amazing – reminiscent of Depeche Mode or Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy, maybe. Singer Blair Dean contributed his growling croon, and MMA provided his distinctively shimmering industrial throb. Tongues Are Speaking is a dark wave synth song that stays true to the original piece of writing – taking on prosperity theology and all of its problematic promises.

I am so pleased to be part of this project.

Listen to the song on Bandcamp here!


Sometimes small things become bigger things.

I’m pleased to announce that a short poem I wrote has been featured in Literary Arts Collection, a magazine of writing and visual arts. The poem is called Burial Celestial, and is accompanied in the issue by a lovely piece of art (above) by Ami Beaver. Please do consider supporting the many talented artists involved by purchasing a copy here!

ALSO, I worked with several musicians to create a spoken song out of the poem. The end result is an ethereal dreamscape that is now the newest release by Terminal 2 Recordings. You can download it or take a listen here!

I hope you all enjoy this work, which is inspired by the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, and by the lifecycle of the luna moth.


Spooky. Creepy. Dark. “Starblind Night” is perfect for Halloween.

Listen here on YouTube!

This piece is a reimagining of Goethe’s classic poem, “The First Walpurgis Night”, about druids in old Germany attempting to practice pagan rituals in the face of new and dominating Christian forces. Enjoy!

  • Words and main voice – Lost in a State (aka Matthew Peipert)
  • Sound Design – Juniana
  • Additional voices – Jess Johnson & D. Satan
  • Cover art – “Leprechaun en Llamas”, by Justin Auld

Read the complete poem here. Listen to more of Juniana’s work at soundcloud.com/juniana-karuzmoa. For artwork by Justin Auld, visit justinauld.com.


Bad Germ

Appropriate to the times we are living in, I have released a new track called “Bad Germ”

It’s a poem told in two voices, complemented by the fantastic music of talented musicians Signal Box (aka Robin Anthony Coe) and MMA (aka Martin Cantwell). Special thanks to both of them for being part of this project, and to special guest D. Zimmer, who contributed his great voice.

Fair warning – the track is a bit dark. You may want to pour yourself a stiff drink both before and after listening.

Hear it on SoundCloud and YouTube, or download it on Bandcamp!


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Here’s something very peculiar for these very peculiar times. A steam iron, a cello and samples of my poem all contribute to a piece by musician and neighbor Juniana as part of the Extradition Series’ Social Distancing Project.

Listen on SoundCloud here.

Cello: Collin Oldham
Steam iron and mixing: Juniana

More on the Extradition Series’ Social Distancing Project is here. And for the full text of the poem, go here.