Beams (CD)


Matthew Dear

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Matthew Dear’s latest album continues the streak of dance noir that reached its pinnacle on 2010’s Black City with his new album, Beams. Dear sounds confident in his dark disco sound, spinning out nasty jams like “Earthforms” and “Fighting is Futile” with grace. Particularly grabbing is opener “Her Fantasy,” in which Dear’s toneless vocal deadpans through a forest of lush syncopated electronics, singing navelgazing lines like “Do I feel love like all of the others or this feeling only mine?” which take a second to unravel. The way Dear gets off his ass halfway through and sounds suddenly passionate surprises and feels revelatory. Dear also shows an affinity for the affecting techno-ballad on Beams on “Ahead of Myself,” a sprightly diversion from the rest of the album that could nestle itself on nearly any end-of-summer mixtape. Remarkably paced and consistently rewarding while never overwrought, Beams is just the latest notch in the pole for the electronic pop artist.



Track Listing



Side 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Her Fantasy
Matthew Dear 06:14
2.
Earthforms
Matthew Dear 03:33
3.
Headcage
Matthew Dear 03:46
4.
Fighting Is Futile
Matthew Dear 04:59
5.
Up & Out
Matthew Dear 04:15
6.
Overtime
Matthew Dear 03:12
7.
Get The Rhyme Right
Matthew Dear 03:47
8.
Ahead Of Myself
Matthew Dear 03:49
9.
Do The Right Thing
Matthew Dear 04:41
10.
Shake Me
Matthew Dear 04:31
11.
Temptation
Matthew Dear 06:09

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