2011 was a year of live sets for Brooklyn’s Matthew Dear. His last recorded release was his 2010 album Black City, but since then we’ve seen him perform sets as a DJ and as a bandleader. After a year of percolation, it looks like Dear will release his first set of fresh joints since Black City on January 17, when the four-track Headcage EP drops via Ghostly.
 
The title track, a slightly glitchy and seriously heady tune, comes paired with a video, posted below, directed by London’s abstract short filmmaker Morgan Beringer. The clip is as glitchy as the song—which means it could certainly be glitchier—and looks like one of those light shows hippies made on overhead projectors in the ’60s, only on acid. Dear’s sultry vocals recall some of Beck’s more downtempo, sexy tracks like “Paper Tiger” or Dear’s own “Shortwave,” and the sticky beat harkens to Black City‘s “I Can’t Feel.”
 
For the Headcage EP, Dear worked with producers like Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid (Blonde Redhead) in Brooklyn’s Rare Book Room studio and enlisted the Drums‘ Jonny Pierce to contribute vocals. Before the release of the EP, Matthew Dear will be continuing his long stint of live shows with dates in Europe and Australia.
 

Tour Dates For Matthew Dear:
12/07 – Naples, Italy – Woo
12/08 – Rome, Italy – Goa
12/09 – Milan, Italy – Private
12/10 – Venice, Italy – Altavoz
12/11 – Berlin, Germany – Panorama Bar
01/20 – Perth, AU – Likes Of You
01/21 – Brisbane, AU – Bar Some
01/22 – Wellington, NZ – Sandwiches
01/25 – Melbourne, AU – Novel
01/26 – Sydney, AU – Agwa Yacht Club