by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Matthew Dear - "Headcage" (MP3)
Matthew Dear at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Matthew Dear is releasing the followup to 2010's Black City LP with the Headcage EP on January 17 via Ghostly. The EP's second track, "In The Middle (I Met You There)" features a collaboration with The Drums' frontman Jonathan Pierce, and the EP's title track, which you can download above and stream below, was produced with Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid, who have also worked with Blonde Redhead, Glasser, and Fever Ray. There's also an audio/visual project which uses part of that track directed by Morgan Beringer, who has worked with Matthew in the past, which you can watch below. The brightly colored synths and morphing visuals of the video drift away from the bleakness of Black City, but Matthew's vocals come in lower than ever. He recently spoke to FACT about that:
In retrospect, I don't think it was intentional. Sometimes you just feel a bit lower than normal, and that day in the studio must have reflected that. The lyrics are quite dreamscape, and I think I had Lennon's 'Come Together' floating around in my head. You know, "feet, down below his knees" kind of a feel. Lyrically, I wanted to just rattle off a bunch of one-liners like that, that would make sense only as a group. Also, I love the intimacy of J.J. Cale's vocal delivery and was aiming for something similar. I must have been very close to the microphone for this one.The track, "Headcage," will also appear on Matthew's next full length, Beams, which is set to be released in 2012. The artwork and tracklist for the EP is below.
Matthew has a few dates coming up in support of the EP, including Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco and a live show in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on March 2 with Blondes (who also have an album coming out) and Helado Negro. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (1/6) at noon.
All dates, stream, video, and album info below...
Matthew Dear - "Headcage" Video
2. In The Middle (I Met You There) [feat. Jonny Pierce]
3. Street Song
4. Around A Fountain
Matthew Dear -- 2012 Tour Dates
01/20 Likes of You Perth, AU (DJ set)
01/21 Bar Soma Brisbane, AU (DJ set)
01/22 Sandwiches Wellington, NZ (DJ set)
01/25 Novel Melbourne, AU (DJ Set)
01/26 Agwa Yacht Club Sydney, AU (DJ set)
02/24 Noise Pop Festival San Francisco, CA
03/02 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY (live set)