Published on August 26th, 2012 | by greg0
Matthew Dear: Beams:: Review
NYC’s Matthew Dear is a man of many talents and shades. Dear is a DJ, musician, producer, electronic guru and co-founder of labels Ghostly International Records as well as Spectral. He is also quite enamored with David Bowie’s Berlin period as evidenced by his latest effort Beams. On Beams, Dear condenses The Thin White Duke’s mid 70′s paranoid, self-loathing persona in less than an hour. Dear apes Bowie’s deadpan vocals along with his affection for experimental ambience and textures throughout resulting in a listen where you’ll consider throwing on the originator.
While Beams is hardly unique, it does provide an interesting comparison as Dear continues to develop his growing songwriting skills. Album highlights include the metronomic “Earthforms,” cow-bell affinity of “Do The Right Thing” and the shadowy “Shake Me.”