Forget what you think you know about pioneering electro-tech producer Matthew Dear. When Dear releases “Audion X,” a compilation of tracks made over the last decade under his techno alias, Audion, on December 10, he wants fans of his more downtempo, song-driven solo work (recorded as Matthew Dear) to be ready for something different. Listen to the original track “Sky” exclusively here:
“On my early albums and singles as myself and as Audion, everything was aimed at the dancefloor,” Dear explains. “I quickly realized, however, that the stuff under my own name was taking a more organic, lyrically centered approach, and the Audion material was going further into the dark corners of the warehouses and clubs. Once the split was apparent, it freed my creative limitations with each project, and I was able to pursue both more freely, and not confuse myself or my audience with the results.
While Dear has released five solo albums under his own name (including 2012’s “Beams”) his output as Audion has been somewhat more sporadic across a dozen singles and EPs. “Sky” follows “Motormouth” as the second of two new singles from the album, and while it matches its predecessor’s dancefloor ambition, it embraces Dear’s own melodic lineage, albeit in softer tones and over a lengthy 11 minutes.
With 18 tracks covering more than a decade of recordings, “Audion X,” says Dear, is not only a way to compile the Audion discography in one single place, but also to “whet everyone’s appetite” for a new album expected next year, along with a tour.
Even for committed fans, Dear knows appreciating his work in a different genre – particularly hard techno – might take some adjusting.
“Letting go of what's familiar can evoke strange new corridors of the mind,” he offers. “Sometimes we should forget everything we know, and start again.”
“Audion X” is available on December 10 through Spectral Sound, the imprint/sister label of Ghostly International.