Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Matthew, Dear?

Black City, the latest release from electro-darling Matthew Dear is equal parts Bowie and Bjork, with just enough avant-garde lyricism to keep the hipsters happy. Proving to be more than just an obscure dance album lending itself to an Urban Outfitters soundtrack, Black City is Dear's most genre-evading, mind-blowing work to date. Thought it's tempting to qualify Dear as techno, there is more order amidst the ambiguous chaos and more meaning to be derived from his careful arrangements than the usually haphazard impression left by this genre. Drawing comparisons to The National on tracks like "Gem," and Spoon on "Soil to Seed," this is an album that despite such modern comparisons ushers in a totally new era of its own.

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