Favorite

Matthew Dear 

Asa Breed (Ghostly International)

Matthew Dear has breathed new life into Detroit techno. "Hands up for Detroit," his debut single from 1999, became an anthem for the city, invoking the spirit of the mid-'80s, when the "Belleville three" ruled the clubs while inventing techno.

After eight years of crafting traditionally pounding dance tracks, Dear explores new territory. While he's dropped the occasional vocal on previous works, Asa Breed finds Dear singing over almost every track, infusing his usually robotic croon with a sense of melody that recalls TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe. Dear also reveals a vulnerable side, airing thoughts on love, marriage, and failure.

Musically, Asa Breed fluctuates from his usual tech-house rhythms to moody, darkwave-like slow jams and even an all-acoustic number. "Deserter" and "Death to Feelers," two slices of pop goodness, succeed in blending Dear's many sounds.

While this disc contains some awkward experiments, it spotlights an artist bravely spreading his wings.

Speaking of CD Review

More by Eddie Fleisher

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Jake the Snake Roberts @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Tue., Sept. 27
  • Mark Normand @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Wed., Sept. 28
  • Don "DC" Curry @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Thu., Sept. 29

© 2016 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation