Matthew Dear is prepping his fourth album, Beams, for release on Ghostly at the end of the summer. The LP’s first single, “Her Fantasy,” opens surprisingly cheerily for the man behind Black City, bright like Sunday at the beach, with hints of seagull squeaks and chirps of speech from two blankets over. It’s a fun track from the start, but soon grounded by Dear’s back-of-the-throat singing, his anxious lyrics building and building till they drown the cheeriness out altogether for the song’s shocking conclusion. Beams comes out August 27th.
Stream: Matthew Dear, “Her Fantasy”