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Matthew Dear announces new album, Bunny

By | Published on Friday 10 August 2018

Matthew Dear has announced that he will release his first album since 2012 in October. He’s released two tracks off it already, ‘Bunny’s Dream’ and ‘Echo’.

“Some bands have retired and come back in the amount of time since my last album”, says Dear. “Hell, I’ve even played a part in making two more humans since ‘Beams’. But hey old man, why aren’t I rested? Why’s your boy so damn tired? Where’s the music? Did I finally succumb to the burn out you always warned me of? Well, I DJed a lot, put out an Audion album, and submitted a ‘DJ-Kicks’ mix”.

“Throughout it all”, he continues, “as has been the case since I was fourteen, I made loads of weirdo music. If it weren’t digital, there’d be boxes of tapes and tapes and tapes. See, that’s the thing. I’m a tinkerer. I’m a loop obsessed sound hack. The process is what I get out of bed for. So what gives, pops? Where is the music?”

Yes, where? He goes on: “‘I make music for people who like my music’ is something I recently tweeted. There is something I’ve come to love about my career. I really can do whatever I want. So long as I feel it’s the best use of time, or yields results that translate into good music later. That’s where you’ll find the music”.

But where Matthew? You still haven’t really told us. “It’s in my head. It’s on my hard drives. It’s in my car driving the girls to school in the morning. They even asked me how Tegan and Sara snuck in and out of the house without them noticing to make those songs with me. The music is always there. It’s just a matter of time before it starts to bubble over and finally get stamped ‘property of the people'”.

Right. Just in case it wasn’t clear, Tegan & Sara guest on two tracks on the album. Expanding beyond their guest spots, he goes on: “I’m calling this one ‘Bunny’. As always, it’s got a little bit of everything that makes me who I am. Why ‘Bunny’?”

Decent question I guess. “Fundamentally”, he answers, “I love the way the word looks and sounds. I love the way it rolls off the mind and onto the tongue. It’s a funny thing too. Bunnies are cute. Bunnies are weird. They’re soft. They’re sexy. They’re lucky. They wildly procreate. They trick hunters, but get tricked by turtles. They lead you down holes. They adorn the headboards of children’s beds, lined up meticulously just as mom did when she was your age. Bunnies are seemingly with us from birth, and probably skitter past on our way out the big door. ‘Viste al conejito papá?’ ‘Sí, fue una buena sopa!’ Good one, pops”.

I hope we’re all on the same page now. The album will be released through Ghostly International on 12 Oct. Here are those new tracks ‘Bunny’s Dream’ and ‘Echo’.