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Lately appearing as Audion, purveyor of floor-friendly techno, Detroit's Matthew Dear saves his given name for work that marries lean, beat-driven tracks to structures that flirt with pop, featuring his deep and unusual singing voice. Indeed, flirting with pop is as far as Dear had gotten — until Asa Breed. Now, it seems, the relationship has been consummated. For evidence, check the track times: the first two Dear records averaged about five minutes per, and most could have been dancefloor fodder in instrumental form. Asa Breed's songs are comparatively succinct and draw from a much wider array of styles. You don't expect a guy who has logged this many hours in hip dance clubs the world over to deliver a track like the percussion-free "Give Me More," which is driven by a strummed acoustic guitar, or "Midnight Lovers," which isn't terribly far from the gothic roots-rock of the Black Heart Procession.
Dear proves surprisingly adept at such genre-hopping, but catchy, hypnotic electro-pop is still where his greatest talent (and, one imagines, his heart) lies. And for that he gives us a solid handful of clear winners like the Prince-inflected "Pom Pom" and the dramatic and poignant "Deserter," which adds… read more »