Now that it’s clear that Matthew Dear’s second, long-delayed Audion LP won’t be out until next year, the producer appears to be pushing his DJ-friendly alias in a downright introspective direction with “Dem Howl.” A one-off 12” available through Kompakt next week, it dials back on the deviance of past Audion releases (see: “Just Fucking,” “Mouth to Mouth,” “Kisses”) for a moodier listen featuring a rare guest vocal from Troels Abrahamsen.
“This song was a product of the modern age we live in,” Dear explained in a press release. “I heard a song with Troels singing on it and immediately fell in love with his voice. I found him online and directly messaged him about collaborating. He happily agreed and I sent him the instrumental — he promptly came up with the lyrics and melody and sent them back to me. A few days after that, I had the song complete and ready to go. All in all, it took about a week from the idea to a fully-fledged new piece of music.”
Not that you’d be able to tell; nothing about “Dem Howl” sounds restless or rushed. From intro to out, it’s flawless really, and hopefully a sign of the songs to come.