BLACK, Matthew Dear – Tickets – Capitale – New York, NY – February 21st, 2013

BLACK, Matthew Dear

BLACK

Matthew Dear

Chairlift, The Rapture DJs, Jim-E Stack

Thu, February 21, 2013

8:00 pm

Capitale

New York, NY

$40 GEN / $90 VIP

This event is 21 and over

Matthew Dear
Matthew Dear
If you've followed Matthew Dear over the years, then you know he doesn't like to stay in one place for very long. Even as a primarily electronic artist in the early 2000s, Dear hopped from label to label, switched aliases often, and made everything from steely microhouse to harder Detroit techno. But his biggest departure was 2007's Asa Breed, the record where he stepped out from behind the decks and reached for the mic. Singing on tracks and leaning more heavily on song structure, he built strange hybrid music that had one foot in techno and the other in pop.

Dear's latest album, Black City, follows this path but pulls a pretty drastic shift in tone. Where Asa Breed was bubbly and squeaky and ultimately dancefloor-bound, this record is dark as night. The music brings to mind blown-out warehouses, desolate alleys, and seedy basement nightclubs; it's some real threatening, grimy shit. The production is as inventive and immersive as ever, but what separates this album from the last is that Dear mostly sticks with one theme all the way through. Asa Breed was all over the place at times, but this album has a cohesive thread to follow and smaller vignettes within it.
Chairlift
Chairlift
Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly made Something, their sophomore record, over 18 months between the back of an antique store in Brooklyn and the basement of a family home in Streatham, London. The world and characters of Something, slowly emerged- overtones of manic revenge contrast with a dark brooding guilt (“Sidewalk Safari”, “Amanaemonesia”, “Take it out on Me”, “Guilty as Charged”); pastoral, almost psychedelic love meets its own inevitable, blue future (“Met Before”, “Frigid Spring”, “Turning”, “Cool as a Fire”). In contrast to Chairlift’s debut album’s Does you Inspire You pop-dreamscape, created in the dark, after school and work, the band uncovered the songs on Something in the daytime, drinking coffee. Producer Dan Carey’s studio is part of the world of Something, full of giant plate-reverb boxes, mint green reel-to-reels salvaged from dismantled BBC studios, plastic human heads which are used to record and simulate the listeners location in approximation to the sound. The head was sitting in the back seat of Carey’s car, a microphone on each ear, while Caroline drove, screaming the “I’m gonna hunt you down… I’m gonna run you down” lyric of “Sidewalk Safari”. Perhaps this incident lends itself to the fact that Something recalls the anthemic driving albums of the mid-90’s (Weezer’s ‘Blue’ album comes to mind). Larry Fitzmaurice (Pitchfork) says that ”...Chairlift go for ‘big’ – like, really big – and succeed on every level”.
Jim-E Stack
Jim-E Stack
San Francisco born, New Orleans living, DJ/producer Jim-E Stack is young and doing his thing. Drawing influence anywhere from UK funky to Mexico’s 3ball, and house to pop, he strives to create his own eclectic brand of club music. Born James Stack, Jim-E Stack grew up in San Francisco, eating burritos, drinking 40s, and playing drums in a string of terrible punk bands. A new found interest in club music and the World Wide Web would bring him into a new class of young producers as infatuated by musical internet exploration, as they are with pushing the sounds of today’s club music
Venue Information:
Capitale
130 Bowery
New York, NY, 10013
http://www.capitaleny.com/