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Album review: Matthew Dear - 'Black City'


Album review: Matthew Dear – ‘Black City’

Better known as US techno producer Audion, when [a]Matthew Dear[/a] isn’t creating anthems like [b]‘Mouth To Mouth’[/b] he pulls on his black leathers and becomes Matthew Dear: enigmatic pop alien. Like its predecessor, ‘Asa Breed’, [b]‘Black City’[/b] sounds how [a]The Neptunes[/a] might were they big fans of [a]Nick Cave[/a], [a]Talking Heads[/a] and punishing neon techno. It’s sonically peculiar, coolly melodic, relentlessly detailed and, frequently, exhilarating. Incidentally, if you think that Dear – with his robo-monotonous voice and opaque lyrics – has previously lacked emotional resonance, that he maintains a hard veneer of attitude and style, check lonesome last track, [b]‘Gem’[/b].

[b]Tony Naylor[/b]

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