Dear Matthew, thanks for releasing a new album. I don't know what it sounds like yet. I'm told that it's kinda moody and ominous which would certainly offset the fact that it's named Bunny, because rabbits are incredibly cute. I've also heard that Tegan and Sara feature on a track, which is easily the best news I've had all year. I'm sure this record will speak to your need to make a myriad different sounds all the time and in good avant-pop ways. Thanks XOX Norman.
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I’ve always found Matthew Dear’s music improbably sexy. It’s so close to being sleazy and ridiculous, but he holds it together with real assuredness that makes his performances read as sincere. And yeah, his new album 'Bunny', is sexy too. It’s mostly in how he treats his voice. For the most part Dear sticks to the lower part of his range, singing in away that generates a kind of intimacy, a closeness. Occasionally though Dear aims higher, singing in a falsetto that is layered on top, a trick that’s worked a million times before, giving his character depth.
His playfulness is not restricted to his use of his voice. The music across Bunny is just as fun and endearing. His productions are all twisted funk and disco, earth quaking bass at one moment, throbbing synths the other. And all with that Matthew Dear trademark sex. It’s complicated and confident, and wants to know how your day’s been. Oooh!
In pop twins Tegan and Sara, Dear has found the a wonderful foil to his squelchy baritone. The pair have a ridiculous ear for melody and so the two tracks they feature one, ‘Horses’ and ‘Bad Ones’, are not only among the album’s catchiest but also its best. The three of them share a genuinely alluring chemistry. And though it would be easy to be jealous, this gives Dear a chance to focus his energies in a way that balances much of the album’s slightly wider sexual net.
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