Matthew Dear: "Her Fantasy"

By ajcolores

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At his best, Matthew Dear often manages to invoke a perfect balance of anxiety and flirtation. He's mined dark corners of electronic music throughout his career; while this latest single, "Her Fantasy", has a shadowy core, it also radiates a potent euphoria. A steady kick drum flattens out a taut, elastic surface for the track's lighter elements to bounce around. Dear tosses synthetic squiggles, whistles and clipped vocals into the mix, while at the same time keeping them tethered to his robotic vocal. Then, those vapourous elements settle for a minute, and Dear's android-like singing shows emotion: "Am I one heartbeat away from receiving a damaging shock to my life/ And believing that love was a cost worth a witness and seeing a larger machine?" As the song breaks on ever-increasing crests of euphoria, the track hurtles towards escape. It's that potent longing for release that wins out, as Dear squeezes fantasy and abandon out of the song's dark heart.

[from Beams; out 08/28/12 in the U.S. and 08/27/12 internationally through Ghostly International]

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