Though he recruits Tegan and Sara and a member of Protomartyr here, the producer’s voice emerges as the real star of these darkly funny, magnetic songs.
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Matthew Dear doesn’t call himself King Chameleon lightly. The Texan-born producer, DJ, sometime University of Michigan lecturer and leftfield electronic artist has spent almost 20 years operating under a range of pseudonyms – Audion, Jabberjaw and False – and rifling through genres like a sock drawer. The fifth album under his own name is no different, but mostly he channels an eclectic range of loosely post-punk-era styles into heavy electronics. Cranium-shattering dub, Nitzer Ebb’s electronic body music, Wire’s angular tunefulness and the Pop Group’s depth-charges of dub and punk are hurled into the mix. The driving Electricity has a hint of the bassline from Elvis Costello’s Pump It Up, while superb opener Bunny’s Dream recalls prime Durutti Column’s fragile beauty, the haunting riff and fizzing drum patterns conjuring up a mesmeric atmosphere that is obliterated by the sub-bass.Continue reading...
Fri Oct 12 11:30:26 CEST 2018