I’ve always felt a special interest in Matthew Dear and, to be truly honest, much has to do with his warm and particular voice, which reminds me of the unforgettable Peter Steele, who was the lead singer, bassist and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative before his premature departure in 2010. To some extent, the music composed and interpreted by Matthew Dear could be considered precisely the equivalent in the world of the electro-pop of what Type O Negative represented for metal: avant garde music but at same time accessible to the casual listener, an innovative spirit and a pioneeristic approach, and songs that may appear lighthearted and catchy but which hide many different levels of interpretation. In short, we’re dealing with authors who consider their music as a medium, and not as the ultimate goal of their work.
On the other hand, it’s not by chance that a strong attention is put on Dear’s singing because, as a matter of fact, his music to date has been extremely eclectic and varied and his voice, in the end, is the only element which seems to link together the entries of an extremely heterogeneous discography. And as a further confirmation, even in Bunny, which is Matthew Dear’s new album, the vocal component is the most interesting part.
Without Dear’s beautiful and fascinating voice, many of the songs of the album would lose dramaticallty their interest, and this is somehow a certain sign of change if we consider in comparison the content and the value of his previous releases, and in particular the beatiful 2010’s Black City, which is probably the highest point of Matthew Dear’s career in electronic music.
Musically speaking, Bunny offers a very particular style of electronica which oscillates between pop and punk, with also a few inserts of dub. In such a little chaotic ensemble of sounds and influences, however, there are a couple of songs which stand out from the mass and give luster to the entire work.
Bunny is available for streaming on Spotify.
Standout tracks: Modafinil Blues and Echo.
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