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Matthew Dear


Artist Biography

Real Name: Matthew Dear
Monikers: Audion, False, Jabberjaw
Genre: Minimal, Techno, Tech House


Depending on whom you ask, Matthew Dear is a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist, a bandleader. He co-founded both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. Heís had remixes commissioned by The XX, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Hot Chip, The Postal Service, and Chemical Brothers; heís made mixes for the Fabric mix series and Get Physicalís Body Language. He maintains four aliases (Audion, False, Jabberjaw, and Matthew Dear), each with its own style and distinct visual identity. He straddles multiple musical worlds and belongs to noneóand heís just hitting his stride.

Matthew Dearís 2003 full-length Ghostly debut, Leave Luck to Heaven, is a suite of sparse, wickedly funky house laced with Dearís deep, distinctive vocals, and includes the much-loved single ďDog DaysĒ (voted one of Pitchforkís Top 100 Songs of the Decade). The record was met with rapturous acclaim from both the dance-music establishment and the critical press, including a four-star review in Rolling Stone. Dearís 2007 follow-up,

Asa Breed, is a considerable departure from Heavenís dancefloor excursions, incorporating the polyrhythms of Afrobeat, the irreverent pop sensibilities of Brian Eno, and the austere beauty of Krautrock. More four-stars reviews followed (Q and Mojo magazines), and Dear subsequently began touring with a live three-piece band, Matthew Dearís Big Hands, in which he acted as frontman, commanding the stage with a Bryan Ferry-like swagger and a gentlemanís grace.

Today, Matthew Dear finds himself in a unique position. His highly anticipated fourth album, 2010ís Black City, is the culmination of years of hard work and experimentation, a darkly playful sound-world that envelops the listener like the arms of a malevolent lover. After over a decade of exploring popís outer limits, Matthew Dear now inhabits a rarefied corner of the musical universe: no longer tethered to any one genre, respected by his peers, and blessed with a bottomless well of creative energy. Now is Matthew Dearís moment, and it sounds like nothing else.