MATTHEW DEAR SHARES NEW TRACK ‘MODAFINIL BLUES’
ANNOUNCES FIRST LONDON SHOW SINCE 2013 AT MOTH CLUB ON 21 OCTOBER
Listen to ‘Modafinil Blues’ here:
‘Modafinil Blues’ finds Matthew Dear lost in the low-hanging gloam of Topanga Canyon. He wrote it there, in the evening hours, with Troy Nōka, a longtime Frank Ocean collaborator. The song hints at conceptual roadblocks requiring more than a simple or single solution; the manifestation of a meteoric spike in cognitive function, yearning for some form of collective freedom, followed by the inevitable descent into the complexity of the fix. Dear’s baritone verse acknowledges that this existential arc is flawed, and therein lies the blues. Moody and nuanced, slightly undone and hugging the curves of the canyon; a polyrhythmic glissade through cerebral fog.
Matthew Dear is a shapeshifter, oscillating seamlessly between DJ, dance-music producer, and experimental pop auteur. He is a founding artist of both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He writes, produces, and mixes all of his own work. He straddles multiple musical worlds and belongs to none, now nearly 20 years into his kaleidoscopic career, with five albums and two dozen EPs plus millions of miles in the rearview of his biography.
Dear kicked off 2017 as a selector, DJing regularly and contributing a deeply considered and personal mix to !K7 Records’ long established DJ-Kicksseries. This was bookended by a number of releases through his techno guise Audion. Apart from this, Dear hasn’t shared material under his own name since his 2012 LP, the multi-coloured Beams, which was preceded by the critically acclaimed avant-pop albums Black City, Asa Breed, and Leave Luck To Heaven. This return to his artistic id, apart from his other projects’ egos, makes ‘Modafinil Blues’ momentous, a prodigal shift inward to a dark and playful psyche.
Two intimate live shows have also been announced including at London’s Moth Club on 21 October. These will be Dear’s first live shows since supporting Depeche Mode on an arena tour in 2013.
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