Dear identities

Since releasing Leave Luck to Heaven in 2003 and Backstroke in 2004 — two critically acclaimed records that brought micro-house as close as it ever got to the mainstream — Detroit’s Matthew Dear has had little time to be himself. He’s recorded as False for Richie Hawtin’s Minus/Plus 8 label, still keeps the moniker Jabberjaw for Berlin’s Perlon label and last year unleashed Audion, his acid-trance alter ego. Dear’s work has been known for its chilly minimalism, streaked with occasional handclaps, a swinging string section and brooding vocals (as on the international club hit, “Dog Days”). Some of Dear’s signature synth lines remain on Audion’s Suckfish, but forget about the chill: The LP’s production values are strictly white-hot.

When recording under his own name, Dear treated sex with caution, as if he wanted to get to know you better before making his move; on Suckfish there’s no mistaking anything on songs like “Your Place or Mine,” “Titty Fuck,” “Kisses” and “Just Fucking.” He thrusts his music forward with nasty disco-funk rhythms, grinding low yo-yo bass lines and rising spasms of psychedelic noise. Come together — right now? You bet.


Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Oslo (1456 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-963-0300) with Ellen Allien. Suckfish hits store shelves Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Walter Wasacz writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to [email protected].

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