Matthew Dear’s 1999 collaboration with Disco D, “Hands Up for Detroit,” was an underground anthem that launched the fledgling producer/DJ into the minds of some of electronic music’s brightest and best. Today, the Ghostly International label hotshot isn’t shooting for club bangin’ glory but continues to break ground with forward-thinking, electronic-based music. On his third solo album, Dear serves up an eccentric audio buffet that includes new wave-ish indie digi-funk (“I Can’t Feel,” “You Put a Smell on Me”), swirling lounge-rocktronica (“Little People (Black City)”), melancholy electro-shoegaze (“Slowdance,” “Shortwave”) and even a somber ballad (“Gem”). It’s all done with an infectious sheen that puts it somewhere between the off-beat electronica his label has come to be known for, ’70s and ’80s new wave and downtempo indie-pop. Often dark, it’s a far cry from Detroit warehouse thump, but the passion remains — it’s just been redirected and channeled into an emotional hybrid more fitting for the after-party comedown.
Fuente: LimeWire Music Blog