Labeling Mathew Dear’s talent is not the easiest of tasks. First of all, he works in a wealth of different guises such as Audion, Jabberjaw and False that showcase the diversity in his musical ability.
He’s also been quite the prolific electronic producer over the past ten years, which only makes a categorization of his output that much harder. The tag ‘avant-pop’ has been thrown around and that seems sort of fitting, but it also feels like a bit of a cop out. And when you listen to the full-on assault of the gargantuan Audion hit ‘Mouth to Mouth’ you realize that this is actually good, honest bone-rattling techno that’s immensely satisfying but not really avant-anything.
Then again, last year’s “Black city” album was a densely layered, trippy and forward-thinking pop record that could be classified as both pop and avant-garde.
It’s all wonderfully confusing. However, it’s safe to say that Matthew Dear makes brilliant electronic music, that he’s a solid, experienced performer and that he tours relentlessly. We’ll keep it at that.