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Black City (2010)

Artist: Matthew Dear
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Format: CD
Sku: 216740273
UPC: 804297812021
UPC 14: 00804297812021
Release Date: 8/17/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Honey ~ Matthew Dear
2. I Can't Feel ~ Matthew Dear
3. Little People (Black City) ~ Matthew Dear
4. Slowdance ~ Matthew Dear
5. Soil To Seed ~ Matthew Dear
6. You Put a Smell On Me ~ Matthew Dear
7. Shortwave ~ Matthew Dear
8. Monkey ~ Matthew Dear
9. More Surgery ~ Matthew Dear
10. Gem ~ Matthew Dear

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Black City is Matthew Dear at his least penetrable and most alluring. If the David Bowie comparisons were to continue, the album would place him somewhere in Lodger territory. The dominance of inscrutable lyrics, peculiar characters and subjects, and alien rhythms makes the album more akin to the likes of Lodger's "African Night Flight," "Yassassin," and "Repetition" than the relatively straightforward "Boys Keep Swinging." Like Asa Breed, Dear's previous full-length, Black City is best described as avant pop, but there is an absence of lucidity, and no song sticks as quickly as "Don and Sherri" or "Deserter." It's all slippery, sleazy, murky sound-substance -- knotted rhythms with irregular gaits made all the more surreal by Dear's generally vague, suggestive lyrics and wordless, droning background vocals. Depending on your taste, this will likely be instantly off-putting or progressively pleasurable. Either way, it will probably make you feel like you could use a shower. That Black City is Dear's most creative and individual album is not, however, up for debate. ~ Andy Kellman

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Amygdala

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/17/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 120
Music Label Name Label : Ghostly International
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00804297812021

Professional Reviews

CMJ - "The collection opens with the hauntingly mellow track 'Honey,' and as you continue to listen, you notice Dear's very distinct balance of pulsing tones and well-crafted beats."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "BLACK CITY is 50 minutes of sweaty, grinding, seductive techtronica. Denser, darker and deeper than ASA BREED..."

Mojo (Publisher)
- Ranked #50 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[B]one rattling electro funk, devastating cosmic disco and gnarled, Stygian pop."

Paste (magazine)
- "BLACK CITY overall is lean and upbeat, and Dear's gift for making an arrangement jump within snug confines continues to evolve..."

Pitchfork (Website)
- "The production is as inventive and immersive as ever, but what separates this album from the last is that Dear mostly sticks with one theme all the way through."

Clash (magazine)
- "It's predictably brilliant; another display of Dear's dazzling musical imagination."

Uncut (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Dear plays with his Detroit locale's musical heritage, fashioning an alluring chopped'n'screwed take on industrial pop..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Dear,Matthew
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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