As the first track released from Audion’s first full-length album since 2005’s landmark Suckfish, “I Am the Car” works hard to distance itself from Audion’s trademark serrated hi-hats and ruthless syncopation. Indeed, “I Am the Car”’s super-sub-bass pulse and damp, cavernous atmosphere are completely unprecedented in the Matthew Dear universe. The track is little more than ten minutes of reverb-submerged bass, microscopic electronic rhumba, and tendrils of dubby, spider-fingered melody. But its achingly slow development is a long con, as Dear’s pitch-black production grows more sinister and sexy with each passing minute. “I Am the Car” is Audion at his most minimal—and, as anyone knows about the art of seduction, less is more.
It’s been going on for more than a decade: Under cover of darkness, Matthew Dear slips out of his pop auteur guise and exorcises his demons on the dancefloor through an elusive alter-ego, Au...check out Audion's page and other releases