Leave Luck to Heaven Now that the majors have largely written off DJ music -- even standard-bearer Astralwerks is turning its attention to garage rock (Caesars) and singer-songwriters (Sondre… Leave Luck to Heaven Now that the majors have largely written off DJ music -- even standard-bearer Astralwerks is turning its attention to garage rock (Caesars) and singer-songwriters (Sondre… 2003-12-09 Matthew Dear
Review

Leave Luck to Heaven (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Dec 09, 2003; Lead Performance: Matthew Dear

Now that the majors have largely written off DJ music -- even standard-bearer Astralwerks is turning its attention to garage rock (Caesars) and singer-songwriters (Sondre Lerche) -- the best beat sculptors are likely to be found in the underground. Maximal techno minimalist Matthew Dear records under the monikers Jabberjaw and false. But he issues his most high-profile cuts under his birth name via Ann Arbor, Mich.-based label Ghostly International. Dear's debut LP, Leave Luck To Heaven, expands on the warm-hued splatter paintings of his early-2003 efforts, EP1 and EP2. He's kept the amorphous sub-bass and sibilant timbres that make his tracks so cozy but added fuller melodies and processed vocals. Tracks like the hiccuping ''Dog Days'' recall classic '80s tech-funk. But Dear's dark breakdowns and agitated rhythms are all his own, and they're proof the underground remains an inspiring place to be. B+

Originally posted Jan 09, 2004 Published in issue #745 Jan 09, 2004 Order article reprints
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