MATTHEW DEAR

UNCUT - - New Al­bums - SHARON O’CON­NELL

Bunny GHOSTLY IN­TER­NA­TIONAL 7/10 Per­verse poly­math’s fifth de­lights; Te­gan And Sara guest

“I make mu­sic for peo­ple who like my mu­sic,” the avant-pop au­teur-cum-left­field elec­tronic pro­ducer has said, with a logic that his records de­light in de­fy­ing. A slip­pery iden­tity has al­lowed Dear free rein for 15 years, but if he’s no more know­able on Bunny, ig­no­rance is still bliss. Gen­res glom to­gether in un­likely com­bi­na­tions, split and mu­tate via myr­iad ef­fects, yet this set is pop to its core, nod­ding to ev­ery­one from Bowie, Byrne and Carl Craig to Arthur Rus­sell and Wire on its way to off-cen­tre in­trigue. The noir-ish and chilly “Modafinil Blues” and gruff funk of “Mov­ing Man” are high­lights, but plea­sures abound.

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