Matt Dear sets a release date for his second artist album ‘Asa Breed’. Stream the first single from the LP inside.
Dear takes a break from his dancefloor-oriented Audion material (anyone remember ‘Mouth to Mouth’?) to go back to his real name and the music he started with: electronic vocal pop. ‘Asa Breed’ was written and recorded in pieces in Detroit and in various cities in Dear’s home state of Texas over the period of two years. "On this record I found myself using techniques learned from my electronic music brought to a broader range of acoustic instruments,” says Dear. “I was trying to use repetition and rhythm in a new context."
‘Asa Breed’ promises to explore Dear’s love of African rhythms and albums like David Byrne & Brian Eno's 'My Life in The Bush of Ghosts', albeit with an emotional centre. “A lot of the record deals with abstractions of human relationships,” Dear told RA. “I didn't realize until afterwards that this was the theme of the record because when I write it's spontaneous and ideas come quickly - but it's very much a record about love.”
The first single from ‘Asa Breed’ is ‘Deserter’, which will be released in 10" format on May 8th, 2007. The single EP also contains a Four Tet remix of ‘Deserter’ as well as the non-album track ‘You Know What I Would Do.’ You can stream ‘Deserter’ here.
‘Asa Breed’ is Dear’s full-length follow up to ‘Leave Luck To Heaven’  and 'Backstroke' .
‘Asa Breed’ tracklist
01. Fleece On Brain
05. Elementary Lover
06. Don And Sherri
07. Will Gravity Win Tonight?
08. Pom Pom
09. Death To Feelers
10. Give Me More
11. Midnight Lovers
12. Good To Be Alive
‘Deserter’ 10" tracklist
A2. You Know What I Would Do
B1. Deserter (Four Tet Remix)
Dear will be touring under his Audion and False guises around America over the next month, including three dates at the WMC. He has also been working on a live act for his album project, and will debut his new three-piece band at two exclusive April gigs in Detroit and Chicago. The Matthew Dear Band will feature a live bass player and a drummer. The band will follow that will an extensive European tour, including a headlining slot at the Sonar Festival in Barcelona. Look out for a wider US tour in September.
16 March Foundation, Minneapolis, MN (as Audion)
17 March Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA (as Audion)
18 March Phoenix Landing, Boston, MA / (as Audion)
21 March Miami Beach Resort & Spa Hotel, WMC, Miami, FL (as Audion)
22 March Pawn Shop (Minus Party), WMC, Miami, FL (as False)
23 March Clinton Hotel, WMC, Miami, FL (as Audion)
31 March Lotus Sound Lounge, Vancouver, BC, Canada (as Audion)
20 April Magic Stick, Detroit, MI (with live band)
21 April Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL (with live band)
26-28 May DEMF, Detroit, MI (as Audion)
16 June Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain (with live band)
In other Matthew Dear news, Audion will release the single ‘Fred's Bell's/Noiser’ in May and it’s already getting support from the likes of Ellen Allien, Matthew Dear tells RA he has also just finished remixing French dark-disco lords Black Strobe. Release dates are yet to be confirmed.
‘Asa Breed’ will be released on Ghostly International on June 5, 2007. The album arrives on CD and 2x12”.