Review: Matthew Dear in the Gloam on “Modafinil Blues”

Evoking David Bowie & Iggy Pop in Berlin, Modafinil Blues is a milepost on the way to the next Matthew Dear album, painted in surreal colors.

It took some digging to find the last original record Matthew Dear made under his own name rather than one of his high concept alter egos. Fittingly, “Modafinil Blues” is just the type of record that most Techno artists would instead release under an alias rather than under their real name. Fragments heaped together, it plays like a lost session of Bowie and Iggy Pop in Berlin, the original traum-city. That’s maybe more accurate than it should be, as this time it’s a collaboration between Matthew Dear and Troy Noka in America’s own traum-city, Los Angeles, “lost in the low-hanging gloam of Topanga Canyon.” There’s something unnerving about it, like Bowie singing a lullaby in his tightly wound wail from “Heroes.” This is allegedly a milepost on the way to the next Matthew Dear album (as Matthew Dear), painted in surreal and disturbing colors.

Matthew Dear: Modafinil Blues (Ghostly International)
1. Matthew Dear: Modafinil Blues



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