Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Record-Head no. 1

The record in my head is . . .

'Shy', a track off the new Matthew Dear album, Asa Breed.

Matthew Dear is an artist on Ann Arbor's Ghostly International label. His earlier work displayed a more obvious Minimal techno influence though this listener has always detected a fair amount of Bowie/Eno in his lineage too. The new album sounds a bit like a conscious raiding of post-punk influences - from Joy Division chill to the Pop Group/Slits world music faction with a hint of New Pop throughout. It's actually a pretty bold album from an artist who works within the rigid electronic music network.

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