Album review: Matthew Dear – ‘Black City’

Techno man goes further into his dark pop alter ego

Better known as US techno producer Audion, when [a]Matthew Dear[/a] isn’t creating anthems like ‘Mouth To Mouth’ he pulls on his black leathers and becomes Matthew Dear: enigmatic pop alien. Like its predecessor, ‘Asa Breed’, ‘Black City’ 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, ‘Gem’.

Tony Naylor

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