Release Date 06/04/2012
It's no coincidence that "Her Fantasy"—the celebratory lead single from Matthew Dear's soon-to-be-revealed album, Beams, the follow up to 2010's Black City—is the album's opening track: If Beams is the sound of Matthew Dear waking up after the long, dark night of Black City, then "Her Fantasy" is the sun's first rays, peaking over the horizon. Opening with a head-turning whistle-and-cowbell rhythm, "Her Fantasy" signals Beams' queasy optimism in classic Matthew Dear avant-pop form—that is, without verses and choruses per se, but by hustling through a series of wickedly catchy sections whose twisted internal logic becomes clear as the song progresses. The track builds to an ecstatic climax, in which Dear's exhortation to "Sit where you stand / hand on your heart / hand on your man" is gradually engulfed in a cloud of treble-tickling distortion. The "Her Fantasy" single also includes the fizzy, synth-horn-led unreleased track "Crimewaves" and Tornado Wallace's late-night disco-house take on "Her Fantasy", in which the Melbourne producer fixes his gaze on the horizon, taking only a few slivers of Matthew Dear's voice with him.
Our last look at Matthew Dear's creative cycle was the fathoms-deep starkness of his 2010 album, Black City. A triumph of slowly imploding romanticism, Black City was ultimately just another step in Dear's creative evolution from his breakthrough Asa Breed (2007) .
“Her Fantasy”, is available now (June 4/5th) digitally and the 12” hits stores on June 17th/18th. Beams release date is coming shortly. Matthew Dear has some DJ dates this summer before prepping the band for live dates.
TOUR DATES05.27 Brooklyn, NY @ Loreley (DJ Set)06.16 Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon Hollywood (DJ Set)06.30 Chicago, IL @ Montrose Beach (DJ Set)07.20 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall (DJ Set)07.21 Long Island City, New York @ MoMA PS1 (DJ Set)11.17 New York, NY @ Webster Hall