In regard to Matthew Dear's new album Black City the record label Ghostly explains:
The MDBC (Matthew Dear Black City) Totem is both a sculptural representation of the themes explored in Black City and a symbolic conduit to the music itself. Vaguely reminiscent of one of the soot-blackened skyscrapers that might populate Dear's creeping, nameless city, the stacks upon the totem also call to mind the many shaped prongs of a universal power adaptor. In this sense, the totem is not simply a miniature building, but an abstract key to an unknown door. The branding of the totem has been purposefully reduced to its bare essentials—only the letters MDBC and unique three-digit suffixes are included—so that the totem's meaning remains discernible only to its beholder.
Here's a video of the production of the totem set to a Matthew Dear track:
Matthew Dear - MDBC Totem from Ghostly International on Vimeo.
Originally seen on Core77.