Beams of light and dark

I know I’ve not been on here for a few weeks. Work/trips away and various other stuff combining to keep me tired, but I’ve still been listening to loads of music, and I’m sure I’m preaching to the converted when I say how brilliant Matthew Dear’s new one, Beams, is. If it’d fallen in my month it’d have been my album. I’ve always loved his stuff, electronically of course (Audion especially) but his first album blew me away and Black City was a much darker, bleaker prospect.

Beams seems to never sound like anything else. At turns funky, stripped back, uplifting, miserable. I love it. He’s a ridiculously talented man.

 

Here’s Headcage, from it. Enjoy.

 

7 comments

  1. misterstory

    Brother Hornsby. I am a big Mathew Dear fan. I bought Black City for Brother David some months ago before we cut the ‘wheat’ from the Music Co-Op ‘chaff’ 🙂 I am a big lover of that album. While Asa Breed was more accessible from a ‘tunes’ perspective I did find it a little ‘all over the shop’ it came across a bit like a Greatest Hits album. But Black City is a work of great cohesiveness. A concept. A total. Like albums are supposed to be. I love it. In fact … I am going to listen to it now! Thanks for the reminder.Not heard this new one. I take I should be putting it on my Xmas list?

  2. Guy Hornsby

    I thought you’d be into this. And I’d largely agree with you. I loved Asa Breed, even though it was all over the place. I think he’d not really found a flow with that album, but it was great just for its off-the-wall brilliance really. Black City felt much more like a proper entity, and very dark, sombre, almost mechanical in places, but it worked really well. I’d rate this up there with Black City. It’s a really good album, it’s more of what makes him great, but a bit more light and dark, and character, and the title track is one of my favourite tracks of the year. So, in short, YES!

  3. David Allison

    I really enjoyed Black City and return to it fairly regularly. His songs are quite dense so you have to be in the mood, but he’s clearly a singular talent. Funnily enough, Caroline bought me Beams a couple of months ago, but it hasn’t quite had the same impact. It’s not that it’s not fantastic stuff, but somehow I don’t find myself wanting to listen to it very often. But it’s even more dense than Black City and a bit gloopy at times (if that’s the right word), so I don’t find it that easy a listen. Perhaps it says more about when I listen to music these days (while working, while running, when cooking) – I don’t tend to have much time to just sit quietly and listen to stuff, and perhaps this is a victim of that. Sorry Matthew. It’s not you, it’s me.

  4. Guy Hornsby

    Yeah it needs the right situation, but it’s perfect for a dark journey home for me. I love the darkness in many forms. And Dear does it so well.

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