The third release in Audion’s slow-drip of new music is a devastating trifecta, a trio of tracks that hit hard and leave a mark. With each taste of the new Audion, it becomes clear that Matthew Dear’s dancefloor alias is deeper, darker, and more nuanced than ever before, while maintaining a lose-your-mind edge that’s impossible to resist.
The It’s Full of Blinding Light EP begins with the title track, a playground game of kick-the-can gone horribly wrong. The beat—a polyrhythmic mishmash of clicks, clacks, and distant children’s voices—moves at a clip until a fleet of synthesizers swoop in, bombarding the track with wave after wave of brain-draining electronic noise. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, though, and by the time the track reaches its conclusion, “It’s Full of Blinding Light” shines like a New York City sunrise. “Jukebox Hero” is the EP’s passive-aggressive middle sibling, keeping up a facade of soulful 808 claps while a pack of unruly computers quietly lose their shit in the background. “On My Way to the Center” closes things out in menacing style, honing its beef-slap kickdrum into a deadly weapon as the walls close in. Even though the vocal sample keeps repeating “on my way to the center,” Audion’s clearly got his sights set on the outer limits.
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