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Matthew DearAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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From the album Asa Breed on the Ghostly International label, this video premiered on MTV2's subterranean, 10.22.08. Directors Judy Welfare and Jeremy Hollister capture much of the song's fervent busyness by using a special 5 camera rig.


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. He’s had remixes commissioned by The XX, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Hot Chip, The Postal Service, and Chemical Brothers; he’s made mixes for Get Physical’s Body Language and ... Read more in Amazon's Matthew Dear Store

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  • Audio CD (August 27, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ghostly Int'l
  • ASIN: B008A1TI6I
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2012 release, the fourth full length album from the Electronic singer/songwriter/producer. While the album's dancefloor-ready tempos, major keys, and sun-warmed synths signal Beams as the lighter, brighter response to its predecessor, Dear's latest productions creak and groan like anxious organisms, with slivers of guitar, electric bass, and drum kit darting in and out among the synths and samples. His lyrics, meanwhile, are deeply personal, expressing vulnerability and confusion in startlingly immediate ways.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album with Many Interesting Moments August 30, 2012
Format:Audio CD
With music cheaper than ever to create, electronic-based musicians are springing up from every nook and cranny. Luckily, some of these producers and musicians have the talent to back it up. Matthew Dear has been pumping out material since the early 2000's, and he rarely lets his music become too flashy or gimmicky. Matthew Dear's BEAMS lets its production outshine its actual content -- it's a fantastic sounding record. A lot of this record reminded me of the David Bowie/Brian Eno Berlin collaborations. It's heavily electronic, layered with tons of instrumentation, tinged with by 4/4 rock, and Dear provides his own baritone across the album.

BEAMS begins with the fantastic "Her Fantasy," a song with an infectious beat that is hard to resist. "Headcage," one of the album's lead singles, sums the album (but it's not even close to being one of the best in the collection): it's filled with synthesizers, steady beats, and Dear advising the audience to party. "Ahead of Myself" is repetitive, but it fortunately repeats a nice melodic hook. "Shake Me," the album's penultimate track, it a bit more moody and atmospheric than the others, but it serves Dear well: it's one of the best on the album. The final track, "Temptation," shoots for the stars in terms of its scope, and it mostly succeeds. It's a song that shines in its final moments before the album's ending.

It's hard to recommend Matthew Dear's BEAMS: it doesn't feel passionate, and it's not really all that fun either. The lyrics here won't keep you coming back for more, and Dear's vocals are often pretty spotty (he reminds me of singer/songwriter Brad Sucks). The album comes together in a nice way though -- it's a good listen to be sure, but it's hard to point out just what about it that makes it so good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mark
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Chances are, if you're already here, you're a fan of Matthew Dear. But maybe not. Either way, you're in for a treat. Matthew Dear's sound keeps evolving with every EP and LP he puts out, and Beams is no exception. His distinctive sound is more mature on this CD, filled with familiar hypnotic grooves, intense vocals, and pulsing ambient waves. He uses his same voice to say something very new. Enjoy it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites of the year September 2, 2012
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I'm new to Dear, but it sure as heck hasn't deterred me from enjoying his new album "Beams". The music is difficult to define, but a bunch of thoughts get jumbled in my brain when I try: cold synth-pop, indie-house, soul tinged-techno, electro-dub-dance, etc. etc. If any of those descriptors caught your attention, then give it a listen. It's a pretty subdued and dark album, but every track is unique and worthwhile.

Album starts with "Her Fantasy" which is probably the best track on here. Followed with some quick hits in "Earthforms", "Headcage", and "Fighting is Futile". "Up and Out" borders on overly funky, but those vocals turn it from corny to sexy. "Overtime" reminds me of that scene where Ferris Bueller is racing to get in bed before his parents get home. "Get the Rhyme Right" slows things down a bit, very chill. "Ahead of Myself" keeps the chill going, with the repetitive "wait, I'm getting ahead of myself" driving the song forward. The album takes a brighter turn when it hits "Do the Right Thing". It borders on uplifting, but slips so comfortably into the set. "Shake Me" follows as one of the darkest and most impressive tracks on here. "Temptation" closes with a driving, rising mood that'd be comfortable on a TV on the Radio album.

This album does a lot for me personally. The mood is exactly what I'm looking. If synth pop is too poppy for you, if typical house music is feeling too generic, if electronic music is getting abrasive and rubbing you raw, check this out. My favorite album of 2012 so far.

Great tracks: Her Fantasy, Earthforms, Headcage, Do the Right Thing, Shake Me, Temptation
Not as great tracks: Overtime, Get the Rhyme Right
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2.0 out of 5 stars BORING! March 27, 2014
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I wanted to like this - some interesting mixes and a good beat. Very boring, however. The tracks are monotonously alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album July 7, 2013
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Matthew dear is one of the most innovative and original artists around.
All tracks on this album are beautiful, intelligent, touching, and above all is Dear's great vocals and his fine treatment as a producer.

Great album, not only for House music lovers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Grower February 20, 2013
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It's not Matthew's best (that'd be Black City) but it continues to show the artist's growth as a musician. Highly enjoyable, with a pair of gems in Her Fantasy and Fighting Is Futile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good January 20, 2013
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Didn't know this guy existed till just recently. Very good quality music and very interesting lyrics. This band's good. I'll be checking out his other stuff.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Why Matt why?!
Huge fan of Dear, particularly more with his 'dance' stuff, but have loved all the solo releases nonetheless. Have come to expect nothing but great solid production. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Boony
4.0 out of 5 stars An abstract self-portrait
**** 1/2

If you're looking for quick insight into what this album is all about, the cover art says it all ... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Douglas King
4.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
Upon my first couple of spins of this album, I wasn't completely sold on it. Granted, it's not "Black City," Matthew Dear's superb previous LP. Read more
Published 23 months ago by jorge_jjr
2.0 out of 5 stars treading water
I definitely think Matthew Dear is a huge talent but his new album is pretty much a homogenized and blended mix of his earlier stuff.. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Imix
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Matthew Dear Album Since "Leave Luck To Heaven."
Matthew Dear has a new album out ("Beams") and it's a quite good one. I'm an old-line Matthew Dear fan. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gary Peterson
4.0 out of 5 stars warm, haunting, distinctly alien electronic music
4th album from New York electronic artist--warm, but distinctly alien, warbling synthesizers
surround Dear's uniquely haunting, near-Gothic voice to create a playful, dark... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Charlie Quaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Open you ears......
Matthew Dear's fifth album, Beams, definately has its ups & downs. If your a fan, like myself, you will probably compare it to the dark and gloomy cyber-punk esque of the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by The Model Citizen
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