Matthew Dear’s EP, Headcage, stands as a testament to the New Yorker’s work as a relentless songwriter, producer and in a new light, collaborator. Working with other producers and vocalists as well as mixing/tracking at Nicolas Vernhes’ famed Rare Book Room studio has lent Headcage an openness and poise to the four songs presented here.
Matthew Dear’s latest audio/video excursion for In The Middle [I Met You There] comes from London-based director Morgan Beringer, whose first abstraction was created with Headcage as the guide. The director gives us another heavily layered smear of what almost looks like thin sheets of ice changing color and patterns. The light continues to shine brighter than than Dear’s darker shades of 2010’s Black City.