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ARTIST
TITLE
Suckfish
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SPC 033CD SPC 033CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/4/2005

Amidst the maelstrom of aliases adopted by Detroit's prodigious and prolific Matthew Dear, Audion is undoubtedly the grittiest -- a dark representation of Dear's id and a brain undone. The singles Kisses, The Pong, and Just Fucking have earned immense praise for their serrated approach to heavy 4/4 techno, bringing untamed synths and raucous beats into a devastating mélange. All three songs appear on the Suckfish full-length alongside eight other dancefloor burners that also work on the listening/psychedelic level, making for one of Dear's strongest and most distinctive releases to date. Alternately demonic and playful, much of Suckfish rides a wave of raw sexual energy, as on "Titty Fuck," which builds on a persistent pinprick melody, grimy oscillations and a massive, clacking beat. Elsewhere, the mumbling cinematics of "Weild" rise towards the domineering machinist blasts of "Taut," playing out like a high-strung psychological drama. With Suckfish, Matthew Dear frees the psychic energy from its social underpinnings and allows a new voice to prevail, permitting the music of his birth name to reach further into the electronic pop realms he carved out on 2003's widely-acclaimed Leave Luck To Heaven. By integrating the vital spirit of Detroit techno with a tangible sense of tension and release, Suckfish forges an indelible new path for heavy machine music.