Beams is the fifth studio album by Matthew Dear. It was released via Ghostly International in 2012. Clash placed it at number 28 on its list of the "Top 40 Albums of 2012". MusicOMH named it the 3rd best album of 2012.
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Beams by Matthew Dear, released 28 August 2012 1. Her Fantasy 2. Earthforms 3. Headcage 4. Fighting is Futile 5. Up & Out 6. Overtime 7. Get The Rhyme Right 8. Ahead of Myself 9. Do The Right Thing 10. Shake Me 11. Temptation Early on in Matthew Dear's Beams- the New York-based artist's fourth full-length, his first since 2010’s shadowy masterpiece Black City- something strange happens. A thick-fingered electric bass gallops in atop a driving backbeat as Dear sneers, "It’s alright to be someone else sometimes. While the album's dancefloor-ready tempos, major keys, and sun-warmed synths signal Beams as the lighter, brighter response to its predecessor, closer inspection reveals a squirming mass of oddball details.
As the album settles into its second half though, there's a dawning of sorts to Dear's approach to sound, a lightening around the edges of the first half's sensual drive. This contemplation, this self-examination, is matched by the levity of Dear's music.
On Beams, basslines that switch between prowling post-punk and slithering funk, along with slash-and-prickle guitars and bounding drums, inch Matthew Dear closer to his inspirations. Dear's vocals are at their most expressive, imposing, and sinister. If kept to an inaudible volume, they could be used in a slasher flick as the mutterings of an obscene phone caller.
Garry Mulholland 2012. Arguably the least Texan-sounding Texan recording artist in musical history, Matthew Dear makes intelligent, almost lugubrious electronic art-pop. Influenced by his college days in Michigan and Detroit’s position as the birthplace of techno, Dear initially had more impact as dance act Audion than as the maker of two largely ignored albums back in 2003 and 2004
Next week, Ghostly International will release Beams, the fifth full-length from well-dressed electro chameleon Matthew Dear. It’s a step forward in every way, a record that finds the New Yorker turning to a production team (enter Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid) for the very first time, pushing himself lyrically and sonically while also making the space to channel his inner 120 Minutes geek. Below, hear the record in its entirety and check out Dear’s thoughts on each song’s birth. audio 1: Her Fantasy Her Fantasy took many turns along the way as it developed.
On Beams, his fifth album under his birth name, Dear undertakes the most impressive and important growth spurt of all: mixing high art with deeply personal revelations, finding a way to express a more unified self after years of playing career hopscotch. Though Dear himself has admitted to being four to five different people at any given time, he doesn’t seem to suffer from such split personalities on Beams; instead, the album’s 11 tracks hew to a unified persona, even if that person is deeply conflicted.
This album is unapologetic in its singularity, yet listening to this record is an experience that is as rewarding as it is exhausting.